Oftentimes, the first contact a young child has is from the caring hands of a health care professional from the West. Here's one little girl whom the team has taken care of since July. They've built a relationship with her.
"These tough little boys and girls suffer overwhelming physical hardships without a thought of pity or complaint. Even a small gift such as crayons and paper or a piece of candy brings a big smile of joyful surprise. They are attentive, intelligent, and polite. And sometimes very cute." — The Hubs, a surgeon in Afghanistan
That a little girl could be happy with new shoes, a bunch of plastic beads, crayons, and a coloring books makes one shudder when thinking about the excess of Black Friday. It's unfortunate that war's heaviest toll is on children. But the medical teams do their best to show them that the hands of a westerner can be both gentle and healing. One can only hope that these experiences stay with the kids as they grow older and begin the fragile process of building a new world. And one can only hope that we learn lessons from them, to take with us as we continue with this unfortunate circumstance called war.