Out of the hotel!
We have been evacuated from the hotel. French military came in a convoy of approximately ten armed personnel carriers to evacuate all foreigners from our home for the last five days. Yesterday and today were packed with a little too much excitement. It started with hearing fighting to being in the middle of fighting and bullets just missing us.
After many calls from family, friends, and simply good-hearted people to our government officials, someone from the State Department called me at about 1:00pm this afternoon, only two hours ago, to tell me that they had requested assistance from the French in getting us out. It turned out that the French military was taking all foreigners out. We are now at the French military base in N’Djamena, and I can tell you that it feels very safe here.
We left behind dozens of Chadians, including hotel staff and other civilians that made it to the hotel in the morning. I feel heavy-hearted at not knowing what will happen to them. They were more than wonderful in taking care of us, and the only thing we could do in return is make a collection to leave them a little cash.
The next step is finding out how do we fly out of here and when. We again go in to wait mode, but it is a world of a difference not to be having to dodge bullets while we wait. We can hear shots in the distance, but they are not menacing at all.
Thanks for all the incredible support from all of you. I felt your company for the entire ordeal. Quite a few of you went without sleep to spend time with us, and I cannot say how much I appreciate that.
We will keep you updated as to the latest out here. We are still to hear the official results form the fighting, if there is one. We have read reports that were completely opposite from each other and coming from very reputable sources. The Chadians know that you just have to wait.
Much love to all.