It has started.

Fighting has broken out in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena.  We can hear and feel the explosions, since the Presidential Palace is very near.  I came out to the lobby to see what was happening this morning because we were getting phone calls with people talking in French or asking for someone that was not in our room.  Out in the lobby I could immediately hear the explosions, and the EU soldiers were all hurrying outside.  Some jumped on a truck and left; the others walked around the hotel with a very intense look in their faces.

We received a note through e-mail from the US Embassy telling us to go there for evacuation, but there is no way to get there!  I called, and the person that answered instructed us to come to lobby and wait for call.

We’re waiting.  I’m going to go grab some caffeine now, and we’ll be in touch!



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.




5 Responses to “It has started.”
  1. javi says:


    Hope all of you make it to the embassy safe, sound and quick!

    We are with you.


  2. Tim Nonn says:

    Gabriel, We’re with you, companero.

  3. Lisa Goldner says:

    Gabe, our prayers are with you on the way to the Embassy and following you home. Gayle is also keeping us informed through Keep the team close, and stay safe. ~ Lisa

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