Love like you need money,
Work when people are watching.
-Scott Adams, The Way of the Weasel US cartoonist (1957 - )
Those kids in the video are so funny. They just spontaneously started to dance. They reminded me of a scene from Lord of the Flies. There were 20 or so kids with no parental supervision. It was cold and rainy outside and they did not have a care in the world. They just were dancing so full of joy. What made me think of Lord of the Flies was when they decided to build a fire and dance around it. They looked like they were having so much fun.
Another image that struck me today was when we were convoying back from the clinic. Like I said, it was raining and very cold today. We passed by a father and a daughter who were homeless and sitting on the side of the road. The picture is not very good because we were moving very fast but I think that you can get the jest. They are sitting by the side of the road, in the rain, and the daughter huddled up to her father eating some naan. It is both adorable and sad at the same time. It makes me sad just thinking about it. Tomorrow I will give them some of the donations. I am sure that they will appreciate it.
A lot of changes are going on at the clinic. The Afghans are in the process of converting it to a hospital. They brought some of their old beds over and were cleaning them today. It should be interesting when they start to have inpatients.
Some of our teammates visited a children's hospital called Indira Ghandi yesterday. It is run by doctors from India. I was so amazed to learn that they had one over here. From the pictures it looks like a really modern facility. They had some pretty sick children in the hospital. My friend took a lot of pictures. I won't post any pictures of the kids since they are sick and in the hospital but I will describe a few of them. One of the pictures is of a male child that looks about 8 years old. He was a victim of one of the recent vehicle borne suicide attacks. You see him lying in bed with dressing around his head because he had to have brain surgery from all of the shrapnel. There are a number of really young and premature little kiddos that have feeding tubes through their noses. One of them has bruising around her eyes. The person that took the picture thinks that it may of been a shaken baby. Some of you will be happy to know that some of the toys that were sent to me were given to some of the children in the hospital. I am sure that they appreciated them.
I am sorry. I will try and be a little more uplifting tomorrow. I lent my camera to one of the cleaning crew. He was going to a wedding. Weddings in Afghanistan are really big deal so I thought that it was important to get some first hand pictures.
We also visited Phoenix today. Here is a pic. Take care.