There were 6 of us doing 1 meal/day for the hospital, sending different foods & goodies to try to tempt the appetites of kids on chemo or who were on their final legs.
I used to package lollipops, candies, marshmallows, biscuits & apples along with the rice & stew as a treat. Kids always love sweet stuff!
Likewise, my friends do juice, yoghurt & cakes on their day. Needless to say, nobody is in the mood to bake cakes, there's no more yoghurt to buy & the more expensive yoghurt lollipops I used to buy has been looted. So I bought local sweets, not a great treat, but sugar is what these kids need for energy. There is no glucose here to buy.
Our numbers for the meals delivery are reduced by 1/2. The issue is lack of transport as most of us share 1 car/family. We try to keep that car available for our own families in case of emergencies.
I did not make the food delivery myself but the driver who did reported he is glad I didn't go.
The hospital is full to the brim with "freedom fighters" injured last Saturday & he was worried God knows who else is lurking there. This is a local hospital & some of us are viewed with some distrust now.
I also realized something yesterday at the foreign supermarket. There were mainly single foreign men or 1 or 2 well dressed foreign woman shopping for themselves. It is true then. The wives & kids are gone.
Now we've experienced 2 days of calm in the capital but we hear the rot is spreading to the other towns.
And today there will be 2 demos instead of the usual one.
As there are "2" presidents & "2" Ministers (for some Ministeries)...so either it's fireworks (& another day of huddling close to the internet & mobile phones) or another uneventful day. I choose the latter.
May the red heart symbolising Love remain the same today.
The poor of this country for whom huge egos do not care, can no longer afford to have their hearts squeezed anymore