Sunday, October 22, 2006

A quick cure for self pity

What a difference a day can make. Yesterday I was feeling confused and frustrated at my lack of clarity and direction in this role. Today I'm in charge of the regional office and so - according to Murphy's Law - fighting between tribal factions has broken out in one district. This situation has the potential to be serious and I'm pretty much on my own in deciding how our office responds. It is the day before Eid so on top of most of the international staff already being on leave, tomorrow all the national staff go on leave as well. There is nothing like real conflict, with real lives at stake, to focus the mind and clear away the self-pity. The question is how best to use the influence we have to help calm the situation and hopefully prevent more deaths.