I left Bangladesh earlier than I had anticipated to return home to my family due to the death of a loved one. There is so much work to be done but I will be followed by experienced midwives who will continue where I have left off, and I will also remain involved from afar. Our goal at Midwife Pilgrim is to not only provide direct care to the Rohingya women and children but to mentor the Bengali midwives so they will be more equipped to deal with this crisis after we are gone. As sustainable model is the only model that will work and we will do our best to prepare and support the midwives here. I thank the Hope Foundation for this immense work they have taken on and their commitment to the Rohingya women, and the UNFPA and all the other NGOs on the ground trying their best to make a difference.
I will leave you with some photos and stories from the last few days. I wish I could describe all I saw – but it is too vast and overwhelming to even begin. The suffering, the pain, the despair; but also connections, kindness, love, and laughter. The Rohingya people amaze me in their resiliency and I often found myself wondering how I would react if I were in their situation – would I have the strength and courage to go on as they do?
I will leave you with this last photo which to me spoke of the strength and love of the people I saw.