Traveling now from Brussels trainings and briefings as part of “the 10”, all of us with MSF experience. It’s actually a hoot.
Arrived airport in early am hrs after Brussls to Casablanca to Sierra Leone/Salone.
Gathered luggage for 10 plus bags of tent hospital parts we are delivering for new Ebola Treatment Center (ETC) opening ASAP (now that parts are here). After requisite shouting by many surrounding men with taxis and sim cards for sale, we were herded to mini bus to open air bar by sea (more shouting) where we boarded power boat/taxi (more shouting) lunging into the waves.
35 min, high speed tossing on dark sea with lights of Freetown (ah- functioning electricity - hopeful sign) approaching on left, raging lightning storm advancing from right. Beat the storm and were greeted by MSF driver who delivered us with incredible grace to our 2:30 am briefing. Gallant HR gal with bright organization lined us out and we were off to assigned sleeping quarters.
In bed by 3:30.
VIOLENT tropical storm hit at about 4:00. Rained through the window, light spray on my face. Fell back to sleep at peace, off the tossing waves just in time.