Sunday, August 19, 2012

Happy World Humanitarian Day and Eid Mubarak

Today has been a big day, and it's only 11:04am. Housemate E and I started the day in a most fantastical way....pancakes!!
We decided half way through that these pancakes were happy World Humanitarian Day all seriousness, today is a special day in our sector, and while there may not be anything official happening, I think a lot of people will take a minute today to remember those colleagues who have been injured or killed in humanitarian responses.

Back to the lighter side of things, today is Eid, which marks the end of the Ramadan fasting month, and housemate K called to the kids downstairs to come up and get their presents. Mohammad was quite ecstatic.
 Zainab came up to show us her new Eid clothes, with her two little cousins (at least we think they're cousins), who were very cute.
Afterwards, Marianne and I went downstairs to visit with their mother, who is a lovely lady. Unfortunately, she doesn't speak much English, and neither of us speak much Arabic so there was a fair bit of confusion most of the time. She fed us, and coated us in musk perfume (which was quite nice to start with but is now giving me a headache) and then insisted that I try on the below:
Marianne said I looked like a beautiful exotic princess. Of course after that, we had to give the Fluffies some Eid attention as well...

Happy World Humanitarian Day to my hard working colleagues and friends in the sector. And Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating over the coming days.

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