I remember the day when I was ordered to burn someone’s house down, and I did, I burned a lot of them

“I was in the army, I fought in Vietnam. For a long time, I had a hard time seeing the good in people. I did lots of awful things… I remember the day when I was ordered to burn someone’s house down, and I did, I burned a lot of them. That was my lightbulb moment when I realised that all I was told in my life, that America is great and we do good, was bullshit. When you leave women and children looking at their homes burning to the ground, you are not the good guy! I had my struggles. I fought PTSD for years, although, back then it was just called battle fatigue. People didn’t really care. One day, I found myself crying in my room with a shotgun on my lap… But I’m still here. I guess I needed to finish it up in a better way, you see. I am 70 now. I’ve volunteered all over the world for the past 30 years. I am the oldest guy here by far and if you ask me what’s my most important take away from working here I would say; after seeing this generation doing the work they do, I’m not the least bit concerned about the future anymore… Working around these guys has restored my faith in humanity… Just yesterday, we were out playing games with the children in the refugee camp and there is this one little girl… As soon as she sees me she always goes ‘RAWR!!!’ and then all she wants is to do is hit me and poke my nose non-stop, but yesterday we had a young man, a translator, with us and I asked him to tell her I’m leaving, ‘Today is my last day in Vial and I won’t be back’. At that moment she quit hitting me for the first time and hugged me and we both started to cry… I don’t care what it cost to come here, that moment paid for it all.”

On the link below you can donate directly to Chios Eastern Shore Response Team – CESRT 

https://www.gofundme.com/roadtorefuge

One of the most eye-opening interviews I’ve had in a long time! Do yourself a favour and listen to the full (30min) interview here:

https://soundcloud.com/humansofdublin/0822-gery-volunteer-at-cesrt