koolaid update

Scott and Gulnazim

Koolaid called and we were able to talk for about 30 minutes. That was surprising — our other calls (only a couple) have been very short. They can’t go to the hospital for a couple of weeks and that makes him very sad; violence seems to be on the rise around him. The newspapers tell us as much and he cannot really talk about it much, but I don’t think Afghanistan is getting MORE stable.

Here he is with Gulnazim, a boy he has really enjoyed geting to know. He says they have no common words aside fromeach other’s names, but they play well together!

Toys, blankets, coats, kites, and other humanitarian aid sent to him will be distributed to these kids from the hospital. Email me if you want the address to send a box. Or even just a note to Scott. He could use some cheer.

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3 Responses to koolaid update

  1. koolaid says:

    Hi! I’m back!…at least for now. Hope everyone is doing well. I have missed you guys…especially during the election.
    Not much new to report from here at the moment. It is a war zone. Most days are ok. Others are not as good. A death on Christmas Eve kept me from fantasizing that I was in another place. There were several gatherings on Christmas where people tried to pretend all was right with the world; just a load of crap, really.
    Can’t talk about the job, of course. You know – hush, hush and all that. I am having kid withdrawals at the moment as the staff changes over at the Egyptian Hospital. By the time we get back in there it will be an entirely new set of kids. I met a father who had brought his toddler son 800 kilometers across mountainous terrain for a blood transfusion. We were able to talk because this guy was educated in England and was obviously very intelligent. Now he is simply scrounging off the land in his own country and trying to avoid the mines. His son has some rare disorder. There is a cure but a costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. He has been turned away from hospitals in Kandahar and Kabul for the treatment because it is too expensive. He brought his son here because it is one of the few places that will at least keep his son alive while he searches for help. He asked me to check with American doctors at our own military hospital. I did with no success. They are short-handed and extremely busy providing care for our own wounded. Sad story.
    Not trying to bring you down. Just want to give you an honest look at the reality. Several of us do what we can, but it will never be enough. A friend here told me the story of the millions of starfish that were washed up on a beach and landed upside-down. A man went along turning them over one by one, thereby allowing those few to live. A passerby asked why he was bothering; he could not possibly make any real difference. The man answered by looking down at the one he had just turned and replying, “It makes a difference to this one.” We will continue the hospital missions as long as I am here.
    I really do miss you guys. I was able to get online at a new USO center that opened up. Not sure how often I can make it over here, but I will keep trying every chance I get. Take care.

  2. lbsmom says:

    Hi Scott—–We saw you on Good Morning America yesterday. You’re in our thoughts & prayers. Thank you for showing Afghans that many Americans want peace. May 2009 bring you safely home with pride & hope.

  3. vickywoeste says:

    Yesterday, while preaching, Fr. George (one of our Dominicans) mentioned a famous anecdote about Mother Theresa. An American observer, watching her nuns feed the poor in Calcutta, told her he had not brought nearly enough supplies to help. “All I can do is feed this one child,” he says, pointing to the kid next to him. Mother Theresa (and say what you will about her, and I can say plenty) says, “Then you feed the one.” I like it that the two cultures converged on this very idea, Scott. Just focus on the good you do each day. I’m sure it’ll never feel remotely like enough but it’s more than any of us are in a position to do. We have more stuff to send to you. Take care. Much love, v.

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