Scenario: A friend and fellow aid worker based in Sudan sends me a link to a website that runs an online course on Essential Principles of Staff Care
Me: Have you done it?
Her: Of course not. I am too busy to take care of myself. But I know in principle that I should do it.
Me: Can I use this surreal conversation as material for one of my articles?
Her: You can absolutely use it :) I was half joking but yes actually it really does reflect the reality more than I would wish.
I think this genuine exchange speaks for itself and I don’t even need to write (yet) another article on aid workers’ burnout. My latest on Devex asks whether burnout is part of your job description. I do wonder.
(The above email exchange is used with the author’s permission)