When I write about the mission, it always seems to say the same things. And, broadly speaking, that’s it. But the emotions that are experienced, the fatigue and the joy. Hope and despair, those are things that always have a different face and weight. Each mission is different for the people they meet, for the unexpected events they face, for the cold or the heat. For fatigue. Because we leave full of hope and return with empty hands, even if you know you have done everything you set out to do. The usual long plane ride, the usual little or no sleep every night. And eat little and badly. We stayed at the camp for three days, then we drove for three hours to move to the northern urban area, and after two days we returned to the camp for another day. In the first three days we dedicated ourselves to the distribution of food parcels for the almost 900 families in the camp, to the long distribution of supports to orphans, to buy the stoves for the two Rainbow Tents and to deliver the teaching materials brought from Italy, to buy jackets and clothes for all the most fragile nuclei. We spent a lot of time in the Rainbow Tents, where children can really breathe a little peace and learn to read, write, a little history, geography but above all hope for a future different from the slavery of ignorance. In addition to books, notebooks and educational material, we brought two PCs and on the last day we also bought two monitors so that they can follow educational programs online and, why not, some cartoons. Our teachers are doing immense work, in a very difficult and precarious situation. When we moved to the urban area we did it to open a small school of 40 students. And we stayed for two days, also to meet a local association with which to discuss possible future projects. It is a very humble and simple school, with only one teacher and a lot of good will. The children who attend it are better cared for and live in a better context than the children in the camp, but they are still isolated and often rejected by official schools. It was cold, it was really cold and it even snowed. We tried to get everywhere and as much as possible.

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