Fatigue

Borneo to Bangladesh

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I see it in the eyes of the people here whom I care for and love. I see it in the (now bigger than I have noticed before) dark circles under their eyes. I read it on my computer screen and Samsung mobile in the messages we exchange. I notice it as the number of “sad smiley faces” appear more often in the vocabulary of those messages. And I hear it when they tell me: “Not good…,” “I’m struggling …,” “I don’t know what to do…” More worrying, probably, is when someone doesn’t say these things or write them down in messages. When I can just see their eyes are somewhere else, scared. Their actions are hurried, uncertain, as if something is after them. As if they are avoiding the reality of slowing down and talking…

The people here whom I care for and love are tired. They have been…

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