Profulla reads his prescription
I have been suffering from a fever for two months. The doctors at St. Paul’s Mission Hospital and at the government hospital at Mongla advised me to do a blood test. I have done it, and now I am taking medicines that the doctors prescribed. I am very weak and cannot walk smoothly. The doctor told me that it will take time to recover. I cannot take food, and I feel like vomiting a lot of the time.
I cannot run my shop, and my wife Mamata is running it instead. One of my relatives is helping her to purchase goods from the wholesale market in Mongla.
My daughter is preparing for her Secondary School Examination, which will be next year. She has two private tutors, one for English and one for Mathematics. The road in front of my shop is very muddy because of the heavy rain we’ve had. We cannot walk around easily, and my daughter is staying at her uncle’s house nearby so she can walk to school more easily.
I request you all to remember me in your prayers, and pray for my recovery.
Tens of thousands of people have fled Syria to escape fighting. Now living in cramped, unsanitary conditions in neighbouring countries, some refugees are falling ill. We are helping our partner Caritas Lebanon scale up their response to the crisis.
Doctor Simon Kolanjian is a pediatrician who travels in a Caritas Lebanon mobile clinic to treat refugee children. He speaks about what he’s seen since the clinic on wheels started in May 2012.
How are Syrian refugee children doing?
The children are malnourished. They come to us and they’re weak and thin.
A lot of kids have diarrhoea. The water isn’t clean. I tell them to boil it. We need to tell them how to use water. The infections go up in summer. We can’t keep giving them antibiotics if the water’s bad. We must address the root cause.
There are also upper respiratory infections, lice, fungal infections. Continue reading
I stopped making cakes three days ago. That’s because the price of the ingredients (sugar, beans, coconut and seeds) for my cakes has increased – from 30,000 riel (£5) to 50,000 riel (£8). The community members can’t afford to pay more for cakes so I can’t get enough profit from selling them.
Some community members buy the cakes on credit and say they will pay the next day, but still haven’t paid a year later! I am trying to think of new ideas of how to make a living. I am getting older and my health is deteriorating. I run out of energy easily and need lots of rest.
At the moment I am dependent of the community who have been sharing food with me, and on SCC for food hand outs.
In the Spring 2011 edition of Side by Side, Halima Mohammad from Kwai, Nigeria asked a question. Read the responses and have your say here.
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Halima Mohammad, Kwai, Nigeria
“Water shortages in our village create suffering, but the government is blind to our problems. We elected people to serve us, but they don’t even provide basic services. How can we make officials take responsibility for our needs?”
Our panel said…
“It’s the government’s responsibility to provide water to the people. In reality, election promises are often broken. Leaders should ask people what they need. Instead, they sit in big houses making plans without consultation. Continue reading
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I never cry when hearing the many stories community members share. This is not because I don’t understand or feel the acute suffering of the people I meet, but because they show such bravery by sitting with me and telling me there stories. I say to myself, “If you cry you can’t come back,” and I always want to come back.
Leaving Haiti was difficult, it was like letting go of this warm, safe hand that had taken me on a journey, and shown me that everyday humanity had not died when so many people did.