So - if you've been reading for a while you'll know that I settled into Ghor full-time three months ago, and that one of the first issues I started working on was the camp of Internally Displaced People living on the outskirts of Cheghcharan. At first things moved fast, with indications that these IDP families would be returned to their homes before winter. But that all come to a grinding halt when the Supreme Court decided to refer their case (regarding ownership of the land they were displaced from) back to the provincial level court to be retried.
So this past week I've been encouraging the Government to find the families housing for the winter. It has been getting cold fast in Ghor and the tents were clearly no longer adequate.
Today I visited 19 of the 27 families in the houses they moved into this morning. The baby girl in this photo is three months old, she was born just as I arrived in Ghor and I was so happy to visit her and her mother today and see them settled into a decent house for the winter.
I certainly didn't make this happen by myself, but I have been very persistent in following up the issues affecting these families and they obviously think that it has made a big difference. The smiles I saw on the faces of mothers in every house today made up for my really, truely horrible weekend (we had rockets landing next to our compound through the night on Friday and I was alone, not my idea of a good time at all).
Eid is coming up in just over a week, and this is the time of year for making an extra effort to help those who need a bit more help. I think the spirit of Ramazan helped get the assistance these families needed and all in all it was a day that made me smile.
Now - I'm signing off in order to welcome some Thursday evening visitors! Two of the regular visitors to Ghor are about to arrive for a quiet drink. Lovely.