N’Djamena, 3:20am (N’D Time)
It’s too late to sleep now, so I’ll write.
We need to be at the airport before 6am, and there’s still packing to do. We have to figure out what is essential and what can stay, if it needs to. They have a weight limit that is considerably less than Air France!
We’ve finished two i-ACT videos. Ann, from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR), again was so giving of her time. You can just tell that she lives her job; it is not just something she does for a paycheck.
I feel good that we’re getting on a plane to Eastern Chad because it gets us closer to the camps. Having been here before, I know that plans do not always run smoothly, so it’s hard to relax. Another reason why it’s hard to relax is that Ann told us about conditions on the roads to the camps. Many vehicles are being attacked, and there’s no way to predict where that will happen. UNHCR vehicles are now mostly traveling with military escort. Guns, even with a “friendly” military convoy, do not make me comfortable.
We will ask for a security briefing in Abeche and make decisions based on that. Ann says that we might have to fly to some of the camps because of extreme danger on some of the roads.
Our flight tomorrow takes us over brown desert. You see barely any vegetation for miles, and then villages pop out of the sand. We, humans, are so adaptable, although I personally have not adapted well to having no sugar-free Red Bull.