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Grandpa

One of the beauty of working with a humanitarian organisation is that it gives you tons of stories to tell to your future grandchildren.

The problem is that it also makes you question the idea of raising children in a world like this.

Or, maybe more optimistically, it makes you wonder what kind of grand father that would make you, sharing those stories with them… ūüėČ

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16 August 2015: ICRC/YRCS staff collecting dead bodies in a conflict affected area. Taiz, Yemen.

But don’t think it makes me reconsider my career choice (or blame my grandpa)… quite the opposite.

New adventures

It took a bit longer than expected but finally, the great news arrived. I should start working with a new humanitarian organisation in October this year and join my new mission in Bangui, Central African Republic, a few weeks later.

Although my passion for Photography is more present than ever,¬† I feel, after more than three years working with the United Nations in Darfur (Sudan), the desire to play a more important role in the humanitarian field. I want to believe that, by working with one of the best, oldest and most respected humanitarian organization, I will have a chance to contribute, even slightly, to improve the situation of a country, region, family or simply of one person. Although a good dose of cynicism and black humor is usually needed in that job, that’s not always an easy task.

My experience in Darfur taught me than things are rarely black or white, truly good or bad. Good intentions are sometimes the first step to serious mistakes. Observing people (including myself) making such mistakes made me think of how I could make sure my work globally had a positive influence on the life of the people I was supposed to assist. There is certainly no perfect solution. But some seem better to me than others and I believe that principles of independence, impartiality and neutrality can make a difference.

And before daily radio checks, curfews and other restrictions become part of my life again, I’m just enjoying discovering a new continent, new cultures, ways of living and improving my Spanish. The calm before the storm, maybe.

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9 July 2012: Manu area, Peru. [Click on the picture to enlarge it].