We go through some quiet minutes, and it feels close to normal, but then, consistently, we get big bangs and non-stop gunfire that brings us back to the reality of N’Djamena. As I write this, a shell hit way too close to us, the kind of bang you feel on your skin.
I start to think, “How long can they keep it up?” Then I think of other war situations around the world, and I know they can keep it up for a long time. The city is taking some heavy hits, and I wonder how the citizens of N’Djamena are feeling and how many are paying for these power struggles.
There is now shooting right outside of the hotel, it feels like it’s coming from the gate, but I’m staying down and not looking out for now.
We still have French military personnel in and around the hotel.
It is clear that the rebels are not here to make a point but to take over power.
We’ll stay put, since there are no other options, and it still feels like this hotel is relatively safe, although a little close to the action.
Thanks for all the notes of support and caring.