Juba, Central Equatoria: waiting for my visa.

26, 27 July 2008. Whereas my journey towards Southern Sudan went so far smoothly, things get more complicated once I land at Juba International Airport. There is nobody to collect me. I am the only passenger left at the customs, waiting for my original travel permit that is supposed to be brought by my driver.…

Artsen Zonder Grenzen

25 July 2008: Lokichogio, Kenya. At MSF Holland, I meet a very international team: the Field Coordinator is French, the Medical coordinator is Dutch, Giorgio, the Logistics coordinator is from Sardaigna, the HR manager is Italian, one of the doctors is American, the other one, Marten is a Dutch doctor from The Hague, and Christine,…

Lokichogio, Kenya.

For years, Loki has been the host to NGOs and a platform for conducting programmes to Sudan. Map of Kenya, by ACN. Source: Wikipedia. Now that the situation is more or less stabilised, most of the international aid offices have moved to Juba, and left Loki as a ghost town. Vestiges of an active past,…

“This is your first mission, isn’t it?”

23, 24, 25 July 2008: Nairobi, Kenya. “This is your first mission, isn’t it?” asks the Finance and HR Coordinator of Nairobi, quite amused by the disappointed expression of my face. “Otherwise you would not be so eager to reach the field.” I thought that I would immediately fly to Juba, but instead, I am…

Destination: Aweil, South Sudan

Date of departure: 22 July 2008 Paris > Dubai > Nairobi > Lokichoggio > Juba > Rumbek > Wau > Aweil > Wau > Aweil. Total distance: 6,656 miles (10.712 km) Date of arrival: 29 July 2008 Entering Southern Sudan requires a Travel Permit issued by the GoSS (Government of Southern Sudan). Flying via Khartoum would…

What is ForCoFiRH?

ForCoFiRH stands for ‘Formation des Coordinateurs en Finance et Ressources Humaines’, and is a specific training and recruitment process for Finance & HR coordinators and field administrators. During two weeks of june 2008, 16 other volunteers and I, are receiving intensive training on MSF structure and organisation at all levels, Finance & HR procedures, having workshops on…