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Friday, October 27, 2006

Sudanese National Anthem: A Call to Arms
















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. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

South African House

















This is who lives in our house. From left it's yours truely, Lt Col Jan Barendse, Lt Col Yasser Abbas (Egypt) and Maj Graham Page. Posted by Picasa

Stocked





















Our food cupboard is stocked for the coming month again. This does not include meat and other items we could not pack in the cupboard. Posted by Picasa

See you Soon
















The aircraft taking off back to South Africa. In its hold it has packages sent back by South Africans working here. Posted by Picasa

Waiting
















Here we are waiting as the parcels are offloaded. I waited for more than an hour and then they told me we had to come back today. In the end my parcels were not even there. Posted by Picasa

Sustainment Flight
















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. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Traffic in El Fashier
















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. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 15, 2006

El Fashier
















This is another view on El Fashier. This is where I am working now and is the forward base for the AU mission in Sudan. Currently the most activity is to the North of this town. Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 13, 2006

Abeche
















This is a better picture of Abeche. Note the airfield at the top right of the picture. Posted by Picasa

Caravan
















I could not get a better picture, but yesterday as we came in to land at Abeche I saw this Camel Caravan on the road leading into town. Posted by Picasa

Falcon
















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. Posted by Picasa

Morning View
















This is what I see at 07:00 (06:00 SA Time) in the mornings when I walk to work. The sun is already starting its work for the day and one can just make out El Fashier further on. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Mambas in Town
















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. Posted by Picasa

Spiral of Death
















Vultures circling above something dead or dying near El Fashier. Posted by Picasa

Recovered Vehicle
















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. Posted by Picasa

South African House
















For those who wondered, this is what the house looks like where we live in El Fashier. It is about 600m to the West of AMIS Forward HQ. Posted by Picasa

Wireless
















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. Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 06, 2006

Border
















This wadi indicates the border between Chad and Sudan Posted by Picasa

Abeche, Chad
















Yesterday I flew to Abeche, the only place in Chad where the AU has a base. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Transferred
















I have been transferred from El Geneina to El Fashier. My new job will be with Tamam Magazine. Now I am also closer to where things are happening. Watch these pages for exciting posts! Posted by Picasa