As I See It

I got out of the car at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre — my first time in Malawi, my first time in Africa. I knew to expect the patients waiting outside on the grass, the low-slung building doing its best to contain the suffering of hundreds who had journeyed for days in hopes of surgical care.
What I didn’t expect were the sounds that accosted my ears, sent chills up my spine and brought tears to my eyes simultaneously. I looked at this building, the hospital mortuary, where an average of 11 deceased patients are brought each day. Then I understood.
I heard the wails of grieving mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, sisters and brothers. I heard the cries of those who had lost all hope. I heard their songs and chants, their soaring prayers and dashed dreams, the breaking of their hearts.
In Malawi, as the sign says, too often there is only one way out.

Lisa Arfaa
President & CEO
‘As I See It’ reflects the viewpoint of the Physicians for Peace representative interviewed, to shed light on the work we do, and why.

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