Friday, October 27, 2006
This an English translation of the Sudanese National Anthem. Thanks to www.sudanwatch.blogspot.com :
We are the army of God and of our land,
We shall never fail when called to sacrifice.
Whether braving death, hardship or pain,
We give our lives as the price of glory.
May this Our land, Sudan, live long,
Showing all nations the way.
Sons of the Sudan, summoned now to serve,
Shoulder the task of preserving our country.
Photo courtesy of Maj Graham Page.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Our monthly South African sustainment flight arrived here yesterday. From now on these flights will happen every two weeks. The next one is expected on 7 November. Unfortunately this month it was earlier so I did not get my parcel. Now I have to wait another two weeks. This aircraft is an Ilyushin 76 rented by South Africa.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
This is the worst place for traffic in El Fashier. There are two traffic circles here and no traffic signs or road rules. This is also where we were tested for our drivers' licences for AMIS in March.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
One thing about El Fashier is the amount of Falcons about. There are thousands. A few days ago I also saw an Eagle sitting on a wall like this just ten metres from me, but I did not have my camera with me. In Abeche, Chad, yesterday I saw so many Falcons circling I mistook them for vultures at first.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Yesterday Brian arrived with this patrol of South African Mamba Mk III's in El Fashier. The older models had bad body rolls. The new versions have been given stronger suspensions, but now the soldiers in the back have much rougher rides. They escorted the recovered fuel truck back from Sector 6.
This is one of the tankers hijacked in an ambush a while ago. Three soldiers lost their lives. It was recovered and brought to El Fashier by a South African patrol. When recovered it had the letters "NRF" painted on the side. At the moment it seems as if the GoS and NRF are busy fighting regularly in NRF-controlled areas.
This wireless internet tower is being erected at the AMIS Force HQ. Although we have wireless connectivity the range is limited. This tower should give us unlimited internet access even at our house.