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Monday, August 28, 2006

The River Today
















Jos and I drove down to the river earlier today and he took this photo. Fortunately we avoided any quicksand. Posted by Picasa

Changing of the Guard
















Changing of the guard. This is the first time I have really photographed this daily occurrence in our base. Posted by Picasa

Dark Clouds
















This may be simbolic for AMIS. The NRF and certain breakaway factions of JEM has threatened to target AMIS. They do not agree with what the DPA stands for. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Dinner Time
















We asked the protection force to prepare the dinner for last night and they did a real good job of it. Not only was the food very good, but the catering staff also dressed very nicely. I believe that the food makes any function good or bad. Posted by Picasa

Function
















Last night we had the sector commander's going away function and I was the MC. I will not easily again volunteer to organise a function here. With the limited resources it really is very difficult. Fortunately all went well. Now I can look forward to going on leave on Thursday. I can't wait. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Complete Package
















Happy Birthday, Shelley. As you can see Morne is shaping up into a lean mean fighting machine. He will be home soon. Take care and enjoy your day. Posted by Picasa

New MILOB
















Capt Modipa is a new MILOB from Pretoria. He arrived here yesterday. Good luck with your deployment. Poor guy. Posted by Picasa

Sherif Promoted
















My good friend, Sherif, has been promoted to major. Congragulations and good luck with the added responsibility. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

My $ 3,60 Meal
















This is what we had to eat today. I could not eat the beans because it had too much sand in. Guess who is hungry. AMZAR, the company who is supposed to cater for us regularly surprises with little food, terrible quality meat with more bones than the actual meat and no bread. The Sudanese people are eating better than us, which is actually good, but AMZAR gets millions of dollars to give us reasonable standard food and as you can see it is not happening. At least the potato salad was very good, but for seconds I would have had to give another meal coupon, which would have cost me another $ 3,60. Posted by Picasa

Alotta Water
















As you can see from this photo a lot of water flowed off in a very short time. For some reason water in Darfur stays on the surface for hours and does not sink into the earth like in South Africa. Posted by Picasa

Rain Storm
















Yesterday morning we had a very large rain storm that lasted about ten to twenty minutes. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Well Stuck
















This APC deviated just slightly from the road and this was the result. These vehicles are armoured so they weigh many tonnes. Not only do they sink away easily, but if we are not careful we may damage certain areas of road like drifts and cause major problems for the local population. Under the surface of a drift an APC may leave very deep furrows, which can trap the vehicles of the local population passing through. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Interview

















We interviewed the miller of the village near the impassable wadi. The guy talking is Hassan from Egypt and the guy on his left is a GoS representative who went with us. On the far right is the platoon commander of the protection force that protected us today. Posted by Picasa

Paul and I
















This wadi was where we decided not to cross since we had heavy APC's with us. Of course Paul wanted to go on with his knife between the teeth attitude. Posted by Picasa

Camel Trophy?

















I think that when I am done here I can seriously think about competing in the Camel Trophy race. I actually drove successfully on these roads today and had Paul and Hassan holding onto anything they could find with white knuckles. Posted by Picasa

Mud Heaven
















On our patrol to a village near the Chadian border today this is the type of roads we had to drive on. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 17, 2006

New Life
















In our base these puppies are a few weeks old and cute. They seem to be the offspring of the dogs I have previously taken photos of. The troops feed them. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Old AU Base
















This building used to be the old AU base before they moved to where we are now. It is also on the high ridge in town. Posted by Picasa

El Geneina
















This is a high ridge in the town of El Geneina. This photo was taken by me in the direction of our base that you cannot see from this vantage point. Posted by Picasa

Bird Tree

















This tree with the birds was right in the middle of Ushara Hadahid village. There was something very eerie to the whole experience. The birds were beautiful though. Posted by Picasa

Ushara Hadahid
















Approaching Ushara Hadahid village. The man on the right is the GoS (Government of Sudan) rep. The only person we found was a 98 year old man. When we left he blessed us. What a wonderful experience. Posted by Picasa

Mud

















Another photo to show where George got stuck. The harder road was about ten metres further to the left, where we crossed. Posted by Picasa

Stuck in the Mud
















Being stuck in the sand has just changed to being stuck in the mud. George, one of the EU reps, from Slovakia managed to drive into this wadi. I pulled him out with my vehicle. The guy in white is our interpreter. He used to be the headmaster of one of the local schools. Posted by Picasa

Green Day
















Hard to imagine that less than two months ago this was all just sand, now it is green. We were on our way to Ushara Hadahid, a very small village for a confidence building patrol this morning. Posted by Picasa

New Airport
















A new airport is being built East of El Geneina. Work on it was halted when hostilities started, but seems to have resumed again. Posted by Picasa