What’s next? For us, the on-the-ground i-ACT team, we start our jumps back our normal reality. This morning, we got in a small plane back to Abeche, the biggest little town in the east. Tomorrow, we get in a slightly bigger plane back to N’Djamena, the capital of Chad. A couple of days later, we get on an Air France jet to Paris and then Los Angeles, home (YL still has to get to SF area).
For the refugees, they wake up to another day at the camp.
It has not gotten any easier for me. It is my third trip, and I am actually even more moved emotionally this time than the first or second journey to the camps. It must be because each time I feel a stronger connection to the people I meet.
It is not about feeling sorry for them. It is about feeling one with them. They are us.
Please stay with us, as we return home. We promise to keep you in contact with the people you’ve met through the videos and the pictures from the camps. We want to help facilitate the creation of true community, and I know that it will be a win-win situation.
I have to sleep of a while. Our plane leaves early tomorrow morning, and there is still some packing to do. I will answer your comments and questions from N’D. I look forward to working next to you with increased energy.