On an early morning in November, a knock at my door. They were here. A dance troupe, a film crew, a graffiti artist, two Congolese hip-hop stars and five HIV activists, one of whom was heavily pregnant. All the planning, the recordings, the rehearsals, it was all culminating in this.
"I'm writing from Brussels Airport. A little tired after long flight, anxious to get home. And, I have to admit, a little nervous about how to react when I get home, how the acclimatisation process will be. Everyone I talked to says the same thing: the hardest thing about being on an assignment with MSF is going home..."
Ludvig has recently completed an assignment as part of MSF's emergency team in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He's shared his diary with us. This post was written six weeks after arriving in Bolomba, a remote area where Ludvig and the team have been fighting a dangerous measles epidemic.
"My name is Floribert Nzaioturiki. I’m from Mweso and live here with my wife and five children. I‘ve been working as a psychosocial counsellor with MSF since 2009, mainly at Mweso's general hospital, which is supported by MSF, and sometimes at Tumaini clinic, where we care for victims of sexual violence."
"We arrived late on Saturday night. It was dark, but I could make out the shore in the light of the halogen lamp on the the boat's bow. The only thing that distinguished this beach from the kilometre of beach that we passed during our two-day journey was a tiny trail glimpsed among the reeds. No houses. No people. No lights."