Northfielder Dina Fesler, head honcho at Children’s Culture Connection and War Kids Relief, has been in Afghanistan since Nov. 24 to set up operations for a U.S./Afghan Junior Investor Program, traveling and filming with Kelly Kinnunen of NEED Magazine. (More on the WKR blog here.) But life has intervened and she’s now taken on an emergency medical mission.
See this NEED blog post from Tuesday: Educational Filming Turns into Medical Mission for Two Minnesotans and then Dina’s post on the NEED blog from yesterday: Update from Afghanistan.
You can DONATE to the Helmand Children’s Medical Fund here (enter the code HCMF in the PayPal comment box).
Here’s her emailed Kabul Report: Day Eight with accompanying photos below:
Yesterday started out by discovering that we had received just enough online HCMF donations to take the little girl in yesterday’s blog photo to the hospital. She was severly malnourished, and has quite a few other issues as well that we will learn more about today. Her name is Sahebo, and for as tiny and fragile as she is, she is quite a little fighter as well. When the doctor drew blood for the blood test she screamed her head off for about 15 minutes straight. It reminded me of my darling daughters when got their Kindergarten shots a few months ago. Such drama queens.
After Sahebo was all checked in, we resumed our film project which included an interview with a man named Molawi Arsalan Rahmany, the former Minister of Education for the Taliban government, and currently a member of the Afghan senate. I’m telling you, Najib knows just about everyone. For an hour an a half I interviewed Rahmany and got his thoughts on everything from 9/11 to Al Qaeda to Obama’s 30,000 more troops to how he believes that peace can come to Afghanistan. It was one of the most fascinating interviews I’ve ever conducted, for sure, and I might need a few days to sort out my thoughts before I can report clearly on it all. He invited me to come back again some time for tea and to chat more, so I guess we are off to a good start on the peacebuilding part.
It is now 6:15am and we just got another donation so we will be heading to camp first thing to bring another child to the hospital. I will keep you posted as always.
P.S. If you’ve missed any previous postings, my previous and future blogs are/will be posted at www.needmagazine.com/blog for the duration of this trip.