Haydn is a project coordinator in one of MSF’s emergency teams.
search and rescue
"The universal language of smiles is often mixed with tears. These are emotions that are hard to describe."
‘I can’t tell you how it feels to be searching for 140 people in the middle of the sea… it’s been a real mix of emotions over the last few days… I’m exhausted.’
"If these people had not been rescued there’s no way the rubber boats, the fishing boats, the over-crowded and wholly inappropriate boats they were put out to sea in could have made this journey. It's not acceptable at all."
Friends and journalists have asked how this MSF experience has affected me. I’ve often dodged the question by saying that it’s not about me. And truly, although a torrent of others’ pain has passed me by, I certainly haven’t been working in a war zone. For now, friends seem more dear, and the plight of many people strikes me as even more tragic, than before this mission. For the record and in fact, I’m fine. Let’s get back to those who aren’t.
Alison gets the call for her next assignment...
In the early afternoon of Wednesday August 5th an overloaded boat capsized in the southern Mediterranean. The MSF ship Dignity 1 arrived just twenty minutes later to assist, a helicopter dropped life rafts, and every effort was made by everybody involved to save every human life possible. By day’s end 399 people were rescued, 25 bodies were recovered, and up to 200 people were presumed to have drowned.