abyei the hard way.

feb 20. i leave tomorrow for abyei. i will be flying on a world food program plane at 9 am, and arrive shortly after.

most often when i mention that i am going to abyei, people are not familiar with the area. i am hungry for someone to say “abyei? wow, great place. you’re lucky.” once or twice this has happened. it made things a bit brighter. easier to see.

today, when i was registering at the canadian embassy, the woman answered “abyei? they are talking about abyei this week, in the government. they are going to discuss the borders. again.” i suspect consensus about boundaries will be difficult to reach, and hope that the agreement on peace is easier.

the office is being locked and with it, my instant connection to the larger world outside sudan. i am anticipating it, and the focus it will provide, with my entire spirit. the story starts in earnest.

peace be with all of you.

[More Info: Sudan: Abyei Boundary Commission report]

About James Maskalyk

James Maskalyk is an emergency physician and, when not in the field, lives and works in Toronto. His first mission with MSF was in Abyei, in a small hospital on the still contested border between North and South Sudan, and his blog from there became a book. He is in the field again, working and living in a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, home to 300 000 displaced Somali people.
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2 Responses to abyei the hard way.

  1. Kizzie says:

    Hello there,
    I found your blog through another blog (Lu in Nairobi).
    I will be coming back often to read your posts.


  2. Suzie Bisson says:

    Hello James,

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. How is it to practice in a culturally different environment? How did you prepare yourself for this kind of experience?

    Take good care!

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