Dear wonderful people who read my blog and the blogs of my colleagues,
Thank you for all of your support and encouragement and interest in MSF and what we are doing, or trying to do, in any case. You helped me to get through a difficult day.v
Thank you to everyone who donates their time to volunteer with MSF, at home or in the field, especially my team here in Kilwa. You are an amazing group of people and the very best kind of people to live and work with.
Thank you to everyone who donates money so that MSF can exist and do the work that we do. You saved many lives today. You may not realize it, but today you paid for children in Mukupa who are sick with measles to be treated for free because their parents cannot afford to pay the 75 cents it costs for the medication they need.
Thank you to the national staff that work with MSF, who sacrifice their time, who put their lives at risk, so that we can reach the people who need our help. Especially Jean-Bosco, who came back from his vacation early because we have an emergency in Kilwa.
Thank you to the people who we are trying to reach, “the beneficiaries”, as you are officially called, even if you don't know it. Thank you in particular to the people of Congo. You have suffered so much, and in some places and in many ways you continue to do so… And yet you still greet me with a smile, you still sing and you still dance, you laugh easily, you love your family and your friends without reservation.
You are an amazing group of people. Thank you for your courage, your spirit, your perseverance, your resilience, in the face of so many obstacles. You are a constant inspiration and I am grateful for the opportunity to know some of you, even a little bit, and to share your stories with the people who read this blog.