written by Anna Sofie


Today, Georgia and I accompanied Arkan and his father to the Sheba Medical Centre for his echo. For me, that was a first-time experience. Going into the hospital, I had no idea what to expect, but I quickly learned that this wasn’t the case for Arkan. He knew exactly where to go and what to do at all times, which stunned me. In front of me was standing a boy, just 13 years old, but despite his age, he showed an extremely rare amount of courage and understanding – and I didn’t have to look very far to see where he got it from. Beside Arkan was standing his father, who radiated the exact same peace and calmness – and I admired them both for it.

After about 45 minutes of waiting, the doctor called Arkan’s name and we all went in. Arkan lay down and the echo started. The doctor told us that the pressure on Arkan’s heart had decreased, meaning that the doctor thinks it could be that they can delay his surgery for some time and so perhaps they will be going back to Kurdistan soon. The doctors need to meet to discuss the plan for him.

We then waited for Arkan to get his ECG, which went well and we were out again in no time. Now, we had to wait for the doctor’s report, which also ended up taking a lot of time. But even though most of the day really was spent waiting, Arkan still had a smile on his face and was in a good mood.

Tomorrow I’m leaving Shevet Achim after just five days of being here – but even though I was only here for a limited amount of time, I have found a huge source of inspiration in Arkan and his father, and I am going to take that with me. Today, I realised that having heart difficulties and being in the need of health care is a waiting game. Never have I seen so much patience in another human being as I did in Arkan and his father today – and even though they didn’t let me see it, I am sure that they were frustrated about not getting any clear answers. I know I was.

Today, I prayed for Arkan’s health and future, and I will continue to do so for as long as I can – and I ask you to please do the same. May Arkan and his family feel God’s presence and certainty in uncertain times.