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Monday, July 31, 2006

Darfur Links

I have discovered these links for anybody who wants to know more about the situation in Darfur:



The aircrew of Saartjie. They allowed me to take a peek into the cockpit as I hitched a ride to Khartoum. Posted by Picasa

Our Parcels are Here

It is a joyous occasion when this Boeing 707 (Saartjie) lands at El Fashier once a month to deliver our parcels and other needed items. Unfortunately I had to fly with it to Khartoum so I did not get the opportunity to get my parcels. I will get them on my way back. Posted by Picasa

Saartjie Coming in to Land

It is the last few metres before touchdown. Posted by Picasa

6 SAI Bn Officers

I had a nice little reunion with Maj Johan van der Mescht at El Fashier yesterday. Posted by Picasa

Waiting for Saartjie

Yesterday at El Fashier the South Africans waiting for Saartjie. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Fire and Earth

I took this last night. Beautiful or deadly? One thing about life I have learned is when you are down you are bound to go up and when you are up you will go down. Through it all you will follow your little road and hopefully end up with a satisfying journey. Posted by Picasa

Local Newspaper

The Sudan Vision is usually delivered to us two or three days late. At least we get a newspaper. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 27, 2006

South Africans in Sudan

This is just a group photo of the guys during the party the other night. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Jos and I

Jos and I at El Fashier airport. He is the CIVPOL Air Ops in Sector 3. Posted by Picasa

SA Patrol Moving Out

The South African patrol from Mellitt, Sector 6, moves out from El Fashier. Posted by Picasa

South African Soldier

In El Fashier I met a South African patrol. This is one of the soldiers from A Company, which was my company in 6 SA Infantry Battalion. Currently he is in C Company. Posted by Picasa

Party in Full Swing

By this time the party was in full swing. Thankfully nobody comes to make you quiet in Sudan. Posted by Picasa

Party Konga

"Monkey" (in front) and Terry (from the USA) doing the Konga at the South Africans' house in El Fashier after consuming just water for a few hours. Yeah right! Posted by Picasa

Roast House

Inside the Roast House. Johan trying to negotiate. The smoke you see is to keep flies away. Posted by Picasa

Take Aways

When I was in El Fashier Johan and I went to get some take aways in town. This place is called "The Roast House" and the food is OK, but the selection is not big and there is no understandeable menu. Posted by Picasa

River at Foro Buranga

Near Foro Buranga this river was in full flow. Excuse the quality of the photo since I took it through a less than clean helicopter porthole. Posted by Picasa

Foro Buranga

I took this photo as we came in to land at Foro Buranga this morning on my way back to El Geneina from El Fashier. This area has had a lot of rain. Posted by Picasa

River at El Geneina

I took this photo this morning when flying back from Foro Buranga. The river is almost flowing. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Bug Invasion

Last night the amount of flying insects at the spotlights around the base grew to a staggering amount. Unfortunately this photo cannot give you the correct idea of exactly how many there are now. I have never had so many mosquito bites, not even when I was in Burundi. Posted by Picasa


Last night Sherif and I discovered the South African police guys have a few shots at goal at the soccer field outside the base. Sherif is the goalkeeper. I would never use him for a goalkeeper in my team. He was terrible! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Plane Crash Revisited

This is another angle of the plane that crashed on Sunday. It is the grey plane on the right. Posted by Picasa


This was taken by me as we took off from Masteri today. If you remember, it is the base where Capt Mkhize was wounded when it was attacked a while ago. In the attack five Nigerians were also wounded. Posted by Picasa

Our Pilot

This was our pilot on the return journey from El Fashier today. We landed at Masteri base to offload supplies for them. Posted by Picasa

More Volcanoes

I took this photo flying to El Fashier yesterday. Posted by Picasa

Rain Storm

The sandstorm was followed by a rainstorm. The thunder was the loudest I have ever heard and I am from South Africa, which has the most lightning strikes in the world. Posted by Picasa