Stress management lesson One
17 October 2014: Talia, Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan.
Up to 500 people died last Friday due to a landslide in Badakhshan province, Afghanistan. After two days looking for survivors, the local Governor declared “We cannot continue the search and rescue operation anymore, as the houses are under meters of mud. We will offer prayers for the victims and make the area a mass grave”.
A few thousands of kilometers from there, hundreds of people have been working since March 8th, to find, in the middle of the ocean, missing flight MH370 and its 227 passengers and 12 crew members. It represents, according to the estimations, more than USD100 million spent for the operation (and therefore more than ICRC’s budget in Afghanistan for 2013).
How much are we ready to invest to find the mortal remains of relatives? Is there a limit to everything, a maximum cost to truth? I wonder…
02 May 2013: Lucia, Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
09 December 2010: Children during a Mathematics course in the new Homeless Shelter for street children, in El Fasher, North Darfur, Sudan. This center, funded by The Ministry of Social Affairs and UNICEF, opened last month and currently provides assistance to 26 children. [Click on the picture to enlarge it].