Inspiration at Christmas

Just come back from a trip to Birmingham, where I attended the Amnesty/Freedom from Torture Christmas concert. Some good music, but also a great talk from Dr. Sobia Khan, who works with torture victims. She warned us there would be peaks and troughs, and there were. What’s happened to her patients is horrific, and the poisonous atmosphere in which our media discuss refugees doesn’t help. So this work, of countering torture, defending human rights, will continue long after we’re gone. But she keeps chirpy because she’s inspired by the resilience of the people with whom she deals. We have to stay sane, keep healthy, look after ourselves, because they need trustworthy advocates, not victims of depression or violent rage. A surprising message, but so rational, and oddly inspiring.