Tuesday, 9 February 2010
We promise to take good care of her children and that their uncle can come and see them any time, or they could go and visit him, depending on how the situation develops. Eva listens attentively and seems to smile weakly from time to time. Slowly, but with a fully concentrated and grave demeanor, she starts to put together her children's papers, everything we need. She does this in the knowledge that her children will be safe and protected with us, but she is also fully aware that due to her illness, this may well be the last time she sees them.
She tells the children she would go with them, but is just too weak, but that their uncle will come and see them, and perhaps, if she's feeling better, she will come, too.
When everything is ready, she sits up to have her picture taken together with her children and gives them one last smile to be remembered by.
* Name altered for reasons of privacy
Photo: Georg Willeit