A few days work, dinner out and the Cup of Nations

Trip Start Feb 02, 2008
Trip End May 03, 2008

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Another busy day - have work to do this evening so next entry probably tomorrow Wed or Thur. All well.
we are full-on trying to get staff out of Chad and also re-located within Chad .... it's been demanding for the whole team, but there has been some great work going on.
Bought some of my five a day from the kiosk on my way home.
best to all.

afetr a full day - with a whole staff meeting for the Regional cntr staff (c.40) which i was updating on Chad and Cameroon, I went out for dinner with our Regional Campaigns Manager and our two staff who were evacuated from Ndjamena by the French under fire. They had had a grim time, and been seriously scared by the experience - but were well, and we talked a bit about my experiences in Ethiopia many years ago .... and connected. John is a Congolese water engineer, and Didier is a logistician from Cote d'Ivoire ... both excekllent people, totally deidcated, and committed to oxfam. Good to be able to spend an evening with them.
lots of loud Bob Marley music playing in the "Just4U" bar/restaurant to mark the anniversary of the great man's birthday !

we are now launching a programme for the Cameroon refugees. Decided a budget and staffing for the core team today ... and have halted some of our staff evacuees from the East (which has been calm and not at all the experience of NDjamena) as they pass through Yaounde and asking which of them are prepared to go North to the site of the influx. We have some extras coming in from UK too .... and have to hold some in Dakar 'cos as soon as we have been able to arrange flights, we'll need to rotate the core staff who have been left holding the fort in E Chad, to give them a break.

Footnote : HUGE excitement here over the african (football) Cup of Nations semi-finals - this evening, cheers audible across the city as Cameroon put home a winning goal against the hosts Ghana .... cote d'ivoire have lost to egypt (v humiliating for Didier - but everyone else commiserating seriously - "you woz robbed" etc etc)... and so it will be a v exciting Final - which if Cameroon wins, will be their fifth ......

hoping to get out and about town a little to explore over the weekend ... but a busy Friday between me and that just now.
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