November 21 Is this me?
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["...I sometimes think I am not really cut out for this."]

Sunday November 21st

4:30 pm: There is some light rain outside and it has been raining for the last 18 hours sometimes with real force. I think I have learnt more about myself in the last 7 weeks than I have in the last 7 years. Being a humanitarian is not easy it requires a lot of stamina and determination, to be able to think quickly on the spot. It is also about feeling the pain and suffering of populations in danger, knowing that you are their link to the outside world and their voice, when I think about the responsibility of this, I sometimes think I am not really cut out for this. Then I think to myself well you have to be Dave, because there is no one else who can do the job. I think this keeps me going and I look at how the programme runs and I know that I and the team are making a difference.

So I am going to do a bit of reading and enjoy the cool of the rainy season this evening in a small town in Africa. Till next time.



Dave (me)  Claudia

 Angelina   Ricardo  

 Claude      Christian

 Jen             Petra

 Bono          Dick

  Anne         Peter

 Veronique   Richard