I left Geneva at 0430 hrs. I was surprised to meet up with other MSF folk at the airport- Milena, Serge and Maia. They are wonderful people, some of whom had been to Sudan before and are back for another dose. I'm not sure if the details I heard from them are reassuring or concerning but their presents was certainly comforting. Like many other developing countries the Sudan is a wonderland of NGO (non-government organizations). I am greatful and proud to be working with MSF.
At first I thought I was just feeling the exhaust from the jet- but it was indeed one of the cooler temperatures I will being feeling for the next 7 months of 40 degree celcius (over 100 F). My flease jack will not be necessary.
The people of Khartoum are friendly and calm. I guess any intense emotion or movement will make the heat even more difficult. The country (or the capital anyway) has a surprising about of imported material in my opinion. Walls are made of dry wall, air conditioners are sticking out of a few windows, professional looking hydrolines, and coffee!!! thank goodness. I was expecting a more decilate environment but to my surprise there are tropical trees, and some nice gardens. I ate a delicious lemon this am. straight from the tree; my craving must have been indicative of my vitamin C deficiency. I was very timid in my lemon mission... How common are snakes in the tree and the grass. I am more senstive to the heat based on Al Gores award... regardless of the accurance of his inconvient truths, global warming is a political and a peace issue. Movement of people are often based on resources due to climate change. You may have to verify my points for me, because this internet is too slow.
I'm typing from a tiny internet cafe, very slow internet, and the stickiest key board ever. By the time I finish the sentense I forget what I was writing about.
I spoke to a few administrators from the MSF Khartoum office to get the vibe of the project I will be working on. I am more excited then ever to get started. I wish I could explain the political and security information in this blog but I need permission, plus thats not why I'm writing this blog. In addition, the situation is so complex it would be impossible to explain it in a way that is accurate and fair.
I will do my best to put pictures in my next blog. I'm not sure how this population takes to having their picture taken. In addition, I do not want to appear like I am here for the tourism.
Well, I'm going to suck on some more lemons and do some more reading. I hope all is well in Canada, miss you all ready.