Strong?

internet location.JPG Our little room at the UNHCR compound is far from luxurious, but it’s close to comfortable. We have beds with foam mattresses, a fan, and just enough space to have all of our stuff piled in there. The restrooms are not exactly what I’m used to in the US, but they do the job. Even with those close-to-comforts, I felt really tired yesterday and overall a little off.

I was hot all day and night; I was thirsty the whole time; and my muscles ached—not sure why. Out at the camp, it was not a fun day. There were barely any refugees out, with most of them hiding from the heat. There was wind that blew sand in to our eyes, and there was an overall depressed feeling out there. I know, of course, that the feeling was coming from me.

The people of Oure Cassoni confront this reality every day. They go to sleep and wake up to a new day with not much new to expect. They still smile, and they welcome us, and they want to give us water. They are resilient. I feel pretty weak standing next to a five year old Darfuri child.

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Gabriel co-founded Stop Genocide Now in 2005, which gave birth to i-ACT in 2009.

He became involved in the situation in Darfur out of a sense of personal responsibility. He believes the power of community and compassion, combined with personal empowerment, can bring about meaningful change.

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  1. Mimi and Gabo says:

    Hey! Right after I watched this video, I started to wonder how I would feel to wake up every morning to a day that wouldn’t be much newer than the last. Then I started to think about all the times I will say ” I’m bored.” or ” Lets do something.”, and about how much a kid from Oure Cassoni would love to be doing all the activities I do everyday.
    Peace,
    Mimi & Gabo

  2. Tim Nonn says:

    Gabriel,

    I’m not sure but I think you’re muscles might be sore due to dehydration. Can you take salt pills? Drink lots of water. I grew up in Tucson and hiked the desert quite a bit. Can you ask the UNHCR about dehydration prevention?

    Tim

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