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.
Taking things ‘small small’ sometimes makes you happier than you think. I’m certain, because I’ve felt it myself. I’ve spent so many days in Sierra Leone seeing people who are much happier than me, than us in Europe. They have barely anything, yet they’ve given me so much.
That is their right, as it is for any other human being.
‘Some of the hugs they give me literally make me quiver’
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.
There’s one thing I’m sure of and that’s the pure, gentle love that exists between a father and son. Just for a moment, it gives you a glimpse of beauty amid the horror of this war.
"The grass looked greener in the other field, so I thought I’d take my sheep there to graze. There’s an abandoned military base, but I didn't think that ... " This is how Othman begins his story. A prosthesis replaces…
In the face of conflict, our human spirit and solidarity will always endure.
This is how I approach my work and my life, with the hope of being able to return soon to Qamishlo, in my Syria.
Sometimes it's really tough, but we have no intention of stopping.