Before leaving California to embark on this journey (and that’s the word that most fits for my trips out to the refugee camps–journey), I told others on the on-the-ground team that it would be a life-changing experience. I could never have thought it would reach this level of gut, mind, heart, and soul shaking that this journey turned in to. Visiting the refugee camps in Eastern Chad is such a full, unforgettable experience! Walking with children, all of whom have experienced horrors much worse than our two days war, moves you and shakes you enough to never being able to not think about them again.
Being present and reporting during the N’Djamena fighting has brought us unprecedented exposure. We have been speaking with major news organization from all around the world. It gives us a great opportunity to speak about Darfur and the need for peace in that warn-torn region. I want the press to continue approaching us.
The story from the capital of Chad is very important. Four Americans in danger during forty-eight hours is an interesting side story. Millions of people in grave and continuous danger for over five years, is that enough of a story for the world to stop and look in on Darfur?
ps. Thanks for all the support. You are amazing! We are now in Libreville, Gabon, spending one more night in Africa but in no danger.