‘I was praying to God to take her life.’
What does it take for a health worker to wish death for her patient, even while doing everything to save her? This is just one of the agonizing questions I was confronted with during a mental health assessment in and around Mosul, Iraq, after fighting there began to subside late last year.
A father and son roadtrip
With his son Santiago always at his side, Juan arrived in Colombia in late October. After Cucuta border town, the pair would walk miles of dizzyingly zigzagging roads, through the cold town of Paramo, along sheer mountain passes and lush green valleys before getting a ride across the freezing Paramo de Berlin – the most challenging section of the road to Bucaramanga.