Today is Valentine’s Day in Iraq too, and there’s something powerful here, resisting war, violence, danger and fear. It’s called love.
‘We have shared lives. We are born together, live together and end together.’
‘It’s my first time in Sulaymaniyah,’ continues Emad, who is from Mosul. ‘I had another prosthesis before, but it didn’t fit very well. This one I can really move. It feels like part of my body. This is really a hand worthy of the name. A hand that fits my body.’
I realise my plane is touching down on the runway in Italy. All I can do is repeat to myself the promise I’ve always made to our colleagues back in Afghanistan, and which I intend to keep: to return.
That is their right, as it is for any other human being.
In October, Luca, Coordinator of our regional cardiac surgery programme, and Maria, a long-standing cardiologist at EMERGENCY, were in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, for the first heart-screening misson at the new clinic at Orotta Hospital, the only public referral centre in the whole country.
We ask Europe to act immediately to avoid another war and to categorically refuse any support for military operations.
Best wishes to all for a more just, supportive and human new year. We can achieve it together.
I would often tell myself, ‘If other people have done it before, so can you!’ and in the end I really did it.
Together, we can make a real difference