It’s all in a greeting

Every day I sit next to each patient and ask, “Koman ou ye (How are you)?”

Surprisingly, many children simply say, “Mwen la (I am here)”.

What do they mean?

I don’t know but here are a few options:

1) I’m good and things are fine.

2) I am here and alive. That’s all I need.

3) Just surviving, that’s all I’m doing.

4) What do you mean how am I doing? I have HIV, severe chest pain, no parents, all of my classmates were killed in the earthquake, I have no food and I live in squalor. Do you really want to know how I am doing?

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