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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
May 13, 2009 2:03 pm
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Two overnights later…. Last FridayI took some folks to Boma, about an hour’s flight north of Lokichogio, and stayed the night.  We were in the Across compound there, and actually had a rather nice room.

Last night I was in Rom, way way north in South Sudan, and stayed in a grass hut.  I also had my first taste of Sudanese coffee.  I think it’s more sugar than coffee. It was good, but very very sweet.  I spent about an hour working on our host’s generator, and got it running.  The spark plug had fouled and wasn’t sparking.  Cleaning it with some fine wire and bits of straw took a while but it was effective.  Dinner was rice and nile perch, right from the Nile, which was about 1/2 mile away.

It was a big day for the folks in Rom.  They’re celebrating the opening of a health clinic…a little two room concrete block building.  It’s the first permanant building there in 35 years.  Also, they celebrated the airplane landing.  Last year they had a medical team come in and suggest that if they had their own airstrip, it wouldn’t be such a chore to do medical clinics.  The other runway is about 4 miles away, and you have to cross a tributary of the Nile.  So…Thomas, our host, got the people to clear a runway.  It’s about 600m and rough, but usable.  I suggested they lengthen it and smooth it some, which they will work on.  But I was the first to use the runway. The people of the village were VERY pleased to see it used, and Thomas’ stock with the village has increased dramatically.  Both projects were done completely by the people of the village…it’s really encouraging to see them accomplish a project, however modest, without having to have westerners come and run it.

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