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Pre departure

Dear Darfur,

Dear Darfur,

I am looking forward to learning about your region, the people, and the conflict. I will be heading to Geneva, Switzerland, for a briefing, then to Khartoum, then to a town called Selea (aka Seleia, or Seleya). Selea is in the North West area of Darfur in the Sudan. I will be working at a health centre servicing anyone that needs help, but I am placed there based on the large numbers of internally displaced people in the area. Apparently, this primary health care clinic has some surgical capacity - I can't picture it.

I am completing my last few shifts at St. Michael's hospital in Toronto before I depart next week. Working as a nurse can be difficult even in a developed tertiary center like St. Mikes. Patients, families, and staff can take refuge when people are sick knowing that: Everything is being done, that could be done- such as consults, surgery, procedures etc. Working in a state of the art facility, in a developed country makes sickness and even death a little easier to accept. I do not think I will feel this way when I'm treating people whose thoughts are consumed with where they will get their food and water from. I wonder if people who live in developing countries know how difficult there lives are... or do they just get used it.I wonder what factors allow Canada to be ranged number 11 on the life expectancy list - leaving the Sudan ranked at 156.

When preparing for my last MSF project my biggest concern was trying to get all my music to fit onto my ipod. This time I am concerned about my competency, endurance, and feelings about poverty. (Though I do need to make sure there is coffee in the Sudan).