E and Dr. F came to meet us at the hotel lobby bar. We had to check out and were enjoying a cold and expensive coke (there are no diet cokes around! Oh well. I will survive, while drinking more sugar than I have in ages.) The two Indian gentlemen, with a warm smile on their faces, came with our travel permit in hand. What could have taken a week, Dr. F made happen before we even got here! I guess it’s not all about waiting with this kind of help.
We rode into town to Dr. F’s office, in the middle of what we are told are the two, only two, paved roads in the capital. E and Dr. F had answers to all of our questions. They will put us in touch with the people we need to meet, and they will help us get under way to Abeche. Dr F even had his driver take us to the US Embassy, where we registered our visit. From there we were taken to the guest house, from where I’m writing right now. There are some wonderful people all around N’djamena, and Dr. F seems to know all of them.
Oh, about the satellite phone, someone that works with Dr. F is well connected with Air France, so Chris rode out with him to the airport, where the AF people sent a cable to Paris, asking for the phone. Man, what else could we aks for! Well, we did not ask for it, but Dr F lent us a cell phone for the day’s we’re here. E says that we “do not exist,” if we do not have a cell.
At the guest house, we met M. M has worked for a long time at the camps on the border, and he has worked even longer in other camps around Africa. He is from Kenya, and we talked about how Nairobi has become the center for people looking to do humanitarian work around the continent. Nairobi has the infrastructure for the NGOs to have their bases there, and it also has the university that produces some great aid workers. We will talk more with M tomorrow, and you will get to see him soon, since we plan on interviewing him on camera, so he can share some of his great expertise.
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