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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
January 21, 2011 2:48 pm
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When you’re hungry and you don’t know it’s rat.  I flew into DR Congo this week (called doctor congo by the more educated congolese, which I thought was rather funny).  Specifically I flew through Bunia to Faradje, then to Dungu, and then back. I was two nights in Faradje and the second night the SP cook served up cane rat, sometimes called bush rat. It’s not really a rat, but it is related.  It was OK even once I learned what it was, but I really don’t have a desire for a second helping.

The flights were routine, and even the officials in Bunia were easy to deal with, which is quite a change.  The flights were for Samaritan’s Purse, who is working with the world food program to do food distribution.  SP is working through the local churches to do the distribution.  I flew the new Faradje project chief to Faradje and then over to Dungu to meet the people he’d be working with.  The guys at the SP compound in Faradje were all very friendly and good to work with, but I have to say the food was suspect in at least one case.  I got to talk with a Bangladeshi Air Force officer a Wing Commander (Lt Colonel)  for a while the day we left.  I was hanging out at the airstrip waiting, when he flew in in his helicopter.  It was fun to talk with him and show him the 206 I was flying.

A good flight, very successful for SP, and rather fun.  Even with the rat.

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