At about 4:30am, I start to hear the roosters compete for loudest. Then the donkeys follow with their heehawing, along with some confused horses jumping in to the fray. I toss and turn for about an hour, on my foam mattress on the floor, trying to get just a few more minutes of rest before […]
Up in the air, feeling down
I am looking at the flight tracker on the little screen almost right over my head. The little plane on the screen has just left behind the Mediterranean waters and is now over the African continent. It happened so fast, this leaving my comfortable world to be here, a bit closer to the camps. The […]
OUTRAGE Night #2
If you are interested in coming bring warm clothes, sleeping bag or blankets, and water! We’re going in to 2nd night here. Heavy honking and conversations with people from cars. It was 7 of us here–now 5. Thousands and thousands of people seeing and hearing DARFUR. We know genocide will not stop today because of […]
Today is day 5 and I just finished doing some light yard-work at my Grandma’s house. I only worked for a half-hour, and didn’t do anything very intense. I managed OK, but toward the end I could tell that I wouldn’t be able to keep it up for much longer. I am thinking about all […]
Before the light.
I walked around the kitchen area of the hotel, and the Chadian hotel staff that spent the night here (which is all that were here yesterday, since they cannot go home because of the dangers of the street) is waking up. They seem in such a good mood. Two of them come up to me […]
Getting Louder and Closer.
The US Embassy has told me that they cannot come and get us, so we have to wait it out here. The sounds and feel of fighting is louder and closer. The walls and windows here shake, and we can feel the explosions. OK, fighting is right at the gate of the hotel. We’re all […]
G’s Journal—day 8Today was another travel day, and we felt it. We left Goz Beida and Camp Djabal a lot later than I would have wished for, 1:15pm. That made it way too tight for traveling from Abeche to Farchana by car. We flew in to Abeche at about 2pm, with a few errands to […]
Hey Nikki S! Thanks for your note and thanks for always being a strong voice for Darfur. You are one of the people I feel proud to be working next to. Hey Connie: The temperature at Kounoungou has been relatively pleasant. It gets chilly here at night, but in the sun out at the camp […]
Hello Kathleen! Your daughter has been very easy to travel with (but don’t tell her that) and makes for a great teammate; we really work well together. I know that you’re very proud of her, and I think you’ll be even more proud when you see her in action out here. Thanks for the “guest […]
Yuen-Lin’s Day 8 journal
Some experiences have become a common feature over the past few days visiting the camps. One is being accompanied by a lively entourage of kids wherever we go. The group starts in the morning, as we get down from our car. It grows and subsides throughout the day, but there are some who stay the […]