... since we flew into a rear-guard action within the war-zone.
Most people, who can, fly out of war-zones, all but journalists and armies - and those who become aware of the gravity of their illness and are able or enabled to arm themselves to resist. If we had stayed here, the war-zone would quickly have come to us and, without arms, we would have been massacred.
An uneasy truce has been fought and mediated by Dexamethasone, Cyclophosphamide, Daunorubicin, Methotrexate etc etc. Josie and Davo won many battles but lost their wars. Adrian is putting up a brave amd great last-stand knowing he has lost his war.
I hope our truce becomes a permanent peace.
To finish my celebration I will quote our British Embassy without whom Kezia would not be alive today:
“Classification: URGENT – FAO Duty CIO
To: UK IMMIGRATION Heathrow TM2
From: Jo Ford ECO
ATT: Duty CIO
We have an emergency case involving a dual nationality child. The father, Angus Robin Gascoigne UK ppt xxxxxxx [no. omitted] will be travelling with his wife Fernanda Soares Lima, a [country omitted] national ppt xxxxxxxx and child Kezia Lima Gascoigne (travelling on the mother's passport arriving on TAP from Lisbon on Saturday 20th May on TP363 t 21:50.
We cover visa and consular services for [name of country where we live]. The Consul here is satisfied that the child is entitled to a British ppt and I can confirm that we would have issued either a British ppt for the child and/or visa for mother and child. However, the family are in [name of country] and there is only one flight per week here and they have just missed this week's one.
The child is ill and needs to travel urgently for medical treatment. I have contacted the ALO in Lisbon, Denise Beddows, and she has agreed to get TAP to carry the family without visas. I would be grateful if you could land both pax exceptionally without visas. If you need further information ...
Many thanks for your assistance in this matter.”
Ironically, we had more problems with immigration and TAP at our point-of-departure and in Lisbon than at Heathrow where the UK's Immigration Service is notorious for giving people the 3rd Degree and carting people off to Detention Centres – they were 100% helpful and immediately stamped Nanda's passport for a six-month stay.
A long two years ... and it is by no means over yet.