Air America radio journalist Jack Rice talks to Ariane Kirtley, founder and director of Amman Imman: Water is Life. Jack’s interview with Ariane gets right to the heart of the matter. He says, “Every so often I come across someone who inspires me. Someone who makes me want to do more or be more.” He is talking about a conversation he had with Ariane, which lead to this interview.
Jack asks her about Amman Imman’s mission to bring water to the 500,000 people of the Azawak. Then he probes deeper, asking her why she personally has taken this on, at great risk to herself and her young family. Ariane speaks eloquently, from her heart, about why she has dedicated herself to bringing water to this extremely remote region with conditions so difficult that other organizations, even large ones with resources, would not undertake. And yet she, moved by the great dignity and love of the people who had become her friends, decided she had to help.
Clearly, bringing these Oases of Life to the people of the Azawak is more than a job for Ariane. She is compelled by something greater than herself. Call it love, call it destiny. She cannot turn away. As she says, “You do it because you know it is right. Somewhere in your heart you know it is right.” Watch this two part interview and get to the heart of it with Jack Rice and Ariane Kirtley.