Sunday, April 30, 2006
This is what I take with on patrol. The bag on the left only has food in for all of us. The bag in the centre is my Runaway bag with water, medical kit, survival kit, a jacket and so forth. Note the blue pipe which is connected to the water bladder in the bag so that I can drink water while the bag is on my back. On the right is my sleeping bag for in case we have to sleep in the Darfur countryside if we are unable to make it back to the base at before nightfall.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
This is Maj Theuri and myself speaking to an NGO in El Kereniak village. They are doing a very good job in this country, but many efforts are going to start falling apart soon due to a lack of funding.
Yesterday I was the patrol leader to El Kereniak village. On the left is Maj Theuri from Kenya who is a very capable officer who is currently teaching me a lot and who has been places and done things I still have to get to.
We had the whole base wondering what hit them when we spontaneously and proudly sang the South African national anthem during our Freedom Day celebrations. It is amazing the togetherness people feel when put together in a dangerous situation and I think people in the safety of their homes do not always understand this.
Inside the reception area of the Nigerian clinic in our base. The guy leaning against the door is Andrew, a South African police inspector. We were fetching a hypodermic and needle for the Freedom Day spit braai we had organised.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Saturday, April 22, 2006
I had this photo taken today at our patrol destination. The guy with the monkey on his shoulder is a GoS policeman and he wanted this photo. He also gave me coffee that had me tap dancing with the caffeine rush it gave me. The man behind him is the platoon commander of the Nigerian platoon who protected us today.