In Season 3, Episode 16, Edie Britt suddenly has to take care of her 9-year old son Travers. "His father is going to work for Doctors Without Borders in Kenya," Edie tells Carlos, her voice dripping with sarcasm and loathing. I found this line uproariously funny and so did the other MSF volunteers who were watching the DVD with me. Why? Because like most satire and lampoonery, there is a painful grain of truth hidden in the humor. The seemingly selfless act of working for MSF is not always so selfless. People volunteer for MSF for a variety of reasons, altruism being only one of them. In some contexts, working for MSF can be a supremely selfish act.
I am back in Loki, Kenya, for Easter weekend. Another fever, this time more of a respiratory infection, no doubt I caught it from some poor child who does not get to come to Loki to recuperate. I am better though, and will go back to the field on Tuesday.