The story behind the picture

by Dr. Wolfgang Heide/LKO,  2016/03/09

Certain moments in live engrave in our memory. They have a deep impact and provoke thought - either soothingly or distressingly.

People, who go for an intervention with humedica are often confronted with scenarios of disasters or disturbing poverty. After their return home, often an image has imprinted itself in their memory, which illustrates particularly well a certain experience or story they witnessed.

We would like to show you one of these pictures. The story behind it comes from our voluntary surgeon Wolfgang Heide, who had a carving experience during his stay in Serbia.

In the spirit of Mother Teresa

„In mid-February I took part for two weeks in a humedica intervention at the Serbian-Macedonian border to provide urgently needed medical care for the refugees on the so-called Western Balkan-route. During that period up to 2.500 people from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq arrived daily at the registration camp in the small border town Presevo. Regardless of whether a newborn or a ninety-year-old Syrian woman in a wheelchair, many refugees depended strongly on quick, medical support.

Photo: humedica

Time and again our whole team was deeply moved by the pains and dangers these people were willing to endure to flee from war, prosecution and terror. Often the families, including small children and pregnant women, had marched for strenuous days on end from Afghanistan over the Indian mountains.

People told us also again and again flutteringly about the dangerous crossings from Turkey to Greece in the small inflatable dinghies.

To supply the extensive need for medical material, one day I went to the near-by city Skopje together with our coordinator Uwe Grunert. Having already travelled India several times as a backpacker, Uwe knew that Mother Teresa was born there in 1910. We therefore took the opportunity to visit her birth house and finally stood silently in front of her portrait in the chapel for some time.

What an experience in the face of the thousands of suffering refugees, we had to tend to every day near-by. Just when we were leaving the chapel we received a phone call telling us that in Syria two hospitals were bombed and people lost their lives...

And so even after several interventions with humedica it is sometimes hard for me to put in words what you feel in moments like these. Even if the refugee topic is quite heated presently and many people are upset, one thing is for sure: Our help for the refugees must continue – also in the spirit of Mother Teresa!“

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