Happiness is a balloon

Omang is happy

During the Rolling Clinic consultation hours on Mindano, I received a lot of answers and reactions from patients and staff of Doctors for Developing Countries – German Doctors to the question „What makes you happy?“. I didn’t have to ask little Omang what makes him happy.

The three-year old was born as the fifth child of his parents in the mountains of Cabanglasan. His mother and father belong to the indigenous population, the Umayamnun. Until recently the family lived a couple of walking hours away from the next village. As his brothers and sisters now visit primary school, the family moved to a village near Cananga-an.

His mother Ay Ay brings Omang to the Rolling Clinic consultation hour. Ay Ay sticks out among the patients: because of her indigenous appearance, her worn-out clothes and especially because of the areca nut she has on her lips. „My children always ask me for money for food, but I don’t have any“, she says. Even my interpreter can’t find out what the family really lives from. But what I can see is: they are poor, the little boy seems neglected.

After the examination, Omang receives his possibly first toy ever from German Doctor Robert Henker – a balloon. It really touches me how happy it makes him. The recording is a cut because the situation lasted about 15 minutes and may seem a little odd. Omang is certainly a special child. But it shows a boy who experiences happiness – I am sure about that. Two minutes of it all – Watch the video:


Translation: Ulrike Peter

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