Wednesday, March 4, 2009


I have a headache.

It was a hard day. One of the refugees, a 26-year-old man from Bhutan, committed suicide last night. He lived in an apartment building that is 95% occupied by refugees. The chance for secondary trauma or even contagion is pretty high. The community is reeling.

Padam left behind a 24-year-old wife who is seven months pregnant.

It was just a really tough day.

The headache set in at 8:30 this morning. I still have it.

Sometimes you need to focus on yourself when a crisis has passed.

I have red hair now. It isn't helping.


Sophie in the Moonlight said...

I'm so sorry, Mae.

Sending prayers to the entire community.


May Voirrey said...

Thanks, Sophie. We're all doing better, I think. Last week was difficult, but the Bhutanese community has done a beautiful job of providing mutual support and helping the other groups understand how it came to this.

Also, the state refugee office immediately dispatched grief counselors/therapists to work with frontline staff affected by Padam's death. It really helped.