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Monday 25 July 2011

It's 94 miles to Juba...

...we got a full tank of gas, half a bottle of water*, it's sunny and we're wearing sunglasses.

Hit it.

Or in less convoluted terms; I've been talking to the UNMO Coordinator in Juba over the weekend, and gotten the green light for filling two cars with half a dozen or so people from the Team Site and take a day long welfare trip to Juba. There are several reasons why it's a good idea; not only can people visit the bank, go and complain to finance, buy things not available in Yei, get out of the Team Site before they get stir crazy and so on... but we can have pizza for lunch! Woot!

I'm quite excited for the opportunity to get back on the road again - we only done patrols within Yei Town since July 9th, and most of my guys are getting restless and more irritable** than what's good for morale. I'll also take the opportunity to visit a few people in Sector HQ, since it's good to have a face to go along with the name and voice on the phone. If I'm really lucky I'll get a bunch of new rumours to bring back to the Team Site!

One thing that is certain is that I'll be sore and bruised after the long drive - we plan on being back tomorrow evening and 300 km on the roads down here will be a killer, even if the road to Juba is the best road in our Area of Responsibility.

I'll bring my cameras. Pictures in tomorrows blogpost!

*) None of the people going are smokers, so a half pack of cigarettes would be kinda pointless...
**) Mind you, the often lacking and always changing information we receive from Sector must take a lot of the blame for that.

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