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Log Blog - Day 2 in L.A.

Philip Sacks describes the challenges of his work in a camp for Hmong refugees in Thailand.

Philip Sacks describes the challenges of his work in a camp for Hmong refugees in Thailand.

Thursday morning, 0830 -- I drove the first van run from the hotel this morning. Eight of us on our way by 7 am, with a quick coffee stop then onto the I-10 freeway. Traffic wasn't bad; we arrived at the camp before 8. The morning is beautiful. Cool with a clear sky, though probably it will get as hot as yesterday.

0930 - Quiet still so far. Only one or two groups have entered the camp, a large group of guides waits at the entrance, talking to each other. Several more guides arrived last night and this morning. Some are local, from LA and nearby, others are flying in from more distant locations. MaryJo is finishing an orientation walk-through with the new arrivals. The slow start this morning allows everyone to catch up with former field colleagues. As I wrote yesterday, it is very, very interesting to get to meet so many more MSF international fieldworkers. To learn about the experiences they've had at various missions around the world, but also about home lives—where people live, how they juggle home and family with the peripatetic lifestyle of a humanitarian aid field volunteer.