Where Chlorine Is Your Best Friend

8 January 2015 – Mukesh Kapila Two-year old Emile, otherwise known by the undignified label ‘patient zero’, succumbed to Ebola in the small village of Meliandou in Guinea in December 2013 and then so did his ­sister, mother, and grandmother. Neighbours who came for the funerals helped spread it through traditional, but now unsafe, burialContinue reading “Where Chlorine Is Your Best Friend”

Shall Not Perish: Remembering the Indian Ocean Tsunami

26 December 2014 – Mukesh Kapila Ten years ago, the Indian Ocean Tsunami was triggered by one of the largest-ever earthquakes. With a mind-boggling magnitude 9.1-9.3 on the Richter scale, it lasted for a record ten minutes and literally shook the world: vertical earth movements of 1 centimetre or more were recorded on the oppositeContinue reading “Shall Not Perish: Remembering the Indian Ocean Tsunami”

How Mary Saves the World – One Life at a Time

23 December 2014 – Mukesh Kapila Zambia is getting to grips with its AIDS crisis thanks to the millions of dollars in donor aid allowing the country to make anti-retroviral treatment universally available. But these precious drugs can often stay in hospitals and clinics while most of the population is scattered across a vast landscapeContinue reading “How Mary Saves the World – One Life at a Time”

In Celebration of Senseless Acts of Kindness

26 October 2014 – Mukesh Kapila “senseless act of kindness’’ which took me to its author Vasily Grossman and his magisterial novel: Life and Fate. This is a near-forgotten jewel of Russian literature. His translator Robert Chandler provides this introduction, quoting from Grossman himself: “We would do well to remember every time we hear promises of a newContinue reading “In Celebration of Senseless Acts of Kindness”

Lessons from a Personal Journey through the Genocide in Rwanda

15 May 2014 – Mukesh Kapila This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The theme of the official commemorations – Kwibuka20 – asks the world to stand against genocide in three ways [1]: To remember by honouring the memory of those who died and offering support to those who survived To uniteContinue reading “Lessons from a Personal Journey through the Genocide in Rwanda”

Whither humanitarianism? Reflections on World Red Cross Red Crescent Day

8 May 2014 – Mukesh Kapila Letter to Henry Dunant, father of the Red Cross, born 8 May 1828, died 30 Oct 1910 Dear Henry, We commemorate your birthday today – 8 May – as World Red Cross Red Crescent Day. If you were alive now, you would be 186 years old. But you areContinue reading “Whither humanitarianism? Reflections on World Red Cross Red Crescent Day”