Just my luck. Despite coming from a fairly hot and humid Asian city I do not handle heat well.  The weather here is stiflingly hot in the summer but the basement of the guesthouse was cool enough for me to sleep soundly through the night.
A three-months break and I’m back in Afghanistan! I landed with good sunny weather, early in the morning when the heat had not yet set in.
It was 3rd June when I arrived at Islamabad airport from my 3-day briefing from MSF Hong Kong. It was an amazing experience to see a sudden shift of environment where the weather is humid and the people wear the same style of clothes.
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In most projects, being the sole surgeon is always stressful, physically and mentally demanding.
Awien is a twelve-year-old girl. About a year ago, she started to feel pain in her right loin. Her family took her to many doctors, and all of them said Awien was suffering from urinary tract infection and put her under endless cycles of antibiotics treatments.
Akin examined the injured law enforcement officer. Photo credit: Akin Chan
One question I often get asked is what kind of daily life MSF doctors lead. I guess it really depends upon the mission nature and location.
“Hey, if you all read or hear news about the demonstration and suicide attack in Khost today, don’t panic.
The eastern part of this country is famous for its mineral resources especially gold and that is why everyone wants to control this region including some of its greedy neighbors. 15Km from Lulimba where I am now is a town named Misisi. It’s a gold mining town.
I guess you have heard about the escalation of armed conflicts in Yemen by the end of March. I was asked by MSF to join a surgical emergency mission to Aden in early April.

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