This is my ninth time flying to Paris. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, shopping and fine dining. Nope. Paris is just a necessary stop on our way to the capital of Chad, N’Djamena, and–eventually–the refugee camps in the East, along the Chad-Sudan border. In Paris, I only get to see the airport, which is pretty […]
We begin our journey home today from Guereda to Abeche to N’Djamena to Paris and finally to Los Angeles. Ian goes on to London from Paris and Eric should have already arrived home in LA. We have so many photos, so much video, and so many thoughts to share with you all about this i-ACT. […]
Safe in Chad
Gabriel, Katie-Jay and Yuen-Lin have safely arrived in Chad! Their flight was delayed leaving Los Angeles, which made their transit in Paris very ‘exhilirating’. Their bags haven’t arrived yet though, but they will continue making preparations to head out to camps while they are there. Read more thoughts from Gabriel here.
From the Paris to N’Djamena flight, I could start to feel a different, more relaxed vibe for the capital of Chad. The plane was full, as usual, but this time it was a very diverse crowd, with children, women, and even two Mexicans (me not included). When we hit the ground, the more-relaxed-vibe was confirmed. […]
It is strange that Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris now feels so familiar. I have been here five times. The plane was full of American tourists, excited about going to see the tower, the arch, and as much as their devalued dollars can get them to. For me, all I know is the airport. […]
Gabriel’s Day 10 Journal
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 […]
My fault :)
Hey everyone. Day 10 was late in going up. We had a full day at the camp, and we then had two conference calls, one with the SDC and their Torch Relay campaign and the other with 20 Women for Darfur. I then spent some time with our wonderful hosts, Hala and Jorge from UNHCR. […]
We’re on our way!
Hello again my friends, familia: It was so nice to see Stacey, my travel partner for this i-ACT, walking up to me here at the Paris airport. We’re ready to go! It has a strange feeling to it, this trip. It feels familiar, from last year’s trip, but different, going in to a more volatile […]
i-ACT Day Twenty
Commenting back 9:05 pm Chacho! No sabes el gusto que me dio leer tu comentario. Me saludas mucho a tu familia y a todos en Monterrey. Si, yo tambien me acuerdo mucho de nuestros tiempos juntos de jovenes (no que estemos viejos…para nada !). Le platicaba aqui a mi companero, Chris, que nos suviamos al […]
We’re on our way! i-ACT is on the Move
Hello everyone, Chris and I are on our way to the Chad/Darfur border. We have not left the US, though. We’re in the beautiful city of Atlanta, GA, hanging out at the airport (actually, I have not hooked up with Chris, but he should be around here). One of these days, I have to come […]