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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Welcome back to Sudan Watch

Sudan Watch is back again. If you do not know about this website then please make an effort to go here.

How to Change the World

I recently partook in a workshop called "The Human Touch" and my eyes have opened and I have changed the way I see myself and the world around me.

Did you at any stage of your life ask the question "how can I change the world" or "how can I change myself" or say "I would like to get to know myself better?" If you realise that in order to change the world you have to change yourself first and if you realise that by giving you receive then maybe you should consider doing this workshop. If you feel anything for what I just wrote here then you should consider doing this workshop.

At least make the choice to change and if nothing changes make the effort to accept that as well.

Good luck on whatever you decide in life.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

From Sudan Watch to Nothing?

Those of you who have been following my blog would have noticed that I found a lot of useful information at "Sudan Watch" in my link list. Now when I click on the link all I get is a message reading "Time is Running out." Ingrid assures me she did not put an end to her blog. Somebody got into Blogger Dashboard and either sabotaged it or Blogger.com have stopped it for some reason which could have a whole lot to do with perceiving her blog to be a spamming website. I just wonder how they managed to work that out.

I will keep you up to date with what is happening to Ingrid's blog. Hopefully she will be on air soon again.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Back in the RSA
















Driving from the airport in Johannesburg to Pretoria. What a sweet feeling to be back home. After three days of demobilisation we were allowed to go to our homes. Even though I was happy to arrive home I am still thinking about the people of Darfur. My thoughts are with you.

Happy to Go
















Brian and I as we flew to Khartoum. We were so happy to be going at last, but it does not really show yet since we knew we had to get out of Khartoum first. We had this feeling something would go wrong and it did. Some of the tickets, including Brian's, were for the wrong date. Fortunately the problem was solved and he did not have to wait three weeks before he could fly out. Later that day we flew to Cairo for our connecting flight. You should have seen our faces then!

Last View of El Fashier
















The morning we flew out of El Fashier I took this photo as we flew over the airport.

Final Payment
















The night before we flew out from El Fashier to Khartoum we received all our money. Actually that is not true; I had $505 deducted for meal tickets. I was very upset about this since for the last six months I had only prepared my own food bought with my own money from South Africa. Not once did I eat at an AMZAR mess for those six months except for the three days when I visited the South Africans at Mahla. The other strange thing is that I am the one who had the largest deduction, but almost all of my colleagues leaving with me ate at such messes for the whole year. When I asked about this I was told to come back tomorrow, the day when we fly out. This situation has been happening with all previous MILOBS who had been completed their missions as well. When they get paid they have randon deductions for meal tickets and nobody can explain or show exact figures for why this money is deducted. All of them are told to come back the next day, but of course there is no time.