The State We're In, 21 August 2010. A mother continues to campaign for her son 'disappeared' by the Algerian government. Debbie Brewer tells Jonathan what it has taken to finally turn her life around and come off crystal meth. Annette and her daughter Ayanna discover that through illness, violence and escaping to another country that some bonds can’t be broken and listener Gayle Fleming gets to discuss her story during the Civil Rights Era with Alabama pastor Thomas Lane Butts.
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The mother that never gives up
When Nassera Dutour’s son Amine was “disappeared” by the Algerian government, she started the kind of long, determined, impassioned campaign to find him that only a mother has the strength to see through, as featured in the French documentary "Chanson pour Amine". As she tells Jonathan, more than a decade may have passed, but she refuses to believe he’s dead.
The reformed mother
Debbie Brewer was given beer to quiet her down as an infant. It led to a life of drink and drugs. She would even give her own child some whisky to quieten him down. But now she’s a changed woman, spending her time feeding the poor and trying to make amends.
The mother and the daughter
Ayanna Nahmias loved Africa. She lived there as a young girl with her African American mother, father and twin siblings. But when her father became violent, things changed dramatically. They became virtual prisoners in their own house. It took three and a half years of careful planning to escape. But the strain of returning to America, led to resentments, divisions and eventually, reconciliation.
Pastor Butts and the listener
When we spoke to the Alabama pastor Thomas Lane Butts a few weeks ago, listener Gayle Fleming was so moved by the white minister’s bravery in the Civil Rights Era that she could not leave her car until the end of the interview. We bring the two of them together so she could ask him a few burning questions.