"Do you like camping?" my recruiter in Toronto asked me. At the time I did not understand the reason for the question, but now, 7 months later, I totally get it. In many respects, this mission is like a nine month camping trip!
I have been told that the living conditions in Lankien, and in other MSF missions in southern Sudan, are particularly difficult. Of course, no matter how harsh they may be, they are still infinitely easier than those of the general population. Yes, we live in tukuls with mud walls and thatched roofs, and yes there is no running water and limited power. But we do have a reasonably nice pit latrine, a shower, and a combination of solar and generator power in the logistics room and the TV tukul. (Yes we have a TV tukul where we watch DVD's, the latest being Heroes and all of Denzel Washington's movies.) We have staff to cook, carry water and wash our clothes. It is a rather upscale camping trip I would say.