Saturday, 6 December 2008

Hello from Africa!

that was close.

Having almost been turned away from the gate in Brussels where the flight had already boarded and the shuttle bus had gone I am now tapping in the early hours from our flat in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.

You immediately see the impact of conflict. Our flat is surrounded by a walled compound, topped by razor wire. We also have heavy iron doors that we lock and bolt behind our front door.

Armed men are a very normal sight here but despite all that we’re quite safe. I was picked up in the jeep we’ll be using which is a 4X4 donated by the UN to us and basically we drive everywhere with a local driver. Even just to the shops

Weather here is very hot but with insanely violent thunderstorms the like of which I dont think you can imagine until you see them. The sky gets lit up and stays lit up, the thunder is immense and the short bursts of rain are extreme!

And then the sun comes out!


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