Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Day 90









So I am now approaching my 100th day in Zimbabwe. It has been a very busy couple of weeks so I will try to update you on what has happened. After the wedding there was a big brie (bbq) here at 5 Vincent. There were musicians from the local school for the handicapped where Doris (the bride) works as an occupational therapist and many of the staff came from the office. I have put up a few photos of the party. It was such a great time but at the end of the party one of my housemates realized that her camera was stolen and a big NYPD blue type investigation followed. Some of the guards (now party guests) saw another guard with the camera. I thought the first lesson of thieves was not to be seen with the stolen goods, but apparently when you add alcohol to the mix that lesson goes out the window. Afterwards some of the guards and Brice (the groom/logistican) at work contacted the suspect and questioned him. Originally he denied the theft but then another person came forward stating that they saw him with the camera. About two days later he actually confessed to the crime by way of saying, ¨I know who has the camera and give me a few hours and I can get it back.¨ This was sad because we had to fire that guard.
After the camera was returned I was at work until really late last week planning many trainings and being a bit homesick. There is nothing like throwing yourself into work to cure homesickness. I would get home exhausted and wake up about the same way. Now for those of you who know me well you realize that I sleep more than the average person, so my being exhausted means I did not get the required 10 hours of sleep but more like a normal persons 6. No pity needed there.
At the end of the week I travelled the 5 hours to the capital, Harare to attend the mini La Mancha conference between the three sections of MSF in Zimbabwe. There is MSF-Spain, for which I work, as well as MSF-Belgium and MSF-Holland. There were many interesting questions about what is going to be MSF´s policies with HIV projects since they normally only do emergency relief and while HIV is an emergency it requires life-long treatment. On Sunday four of us drove back to Bulawayo the entire 5 hours. I drove the last few hours and it was quite difficult. When you have no lights on the road your headlights are the only things you can rely on. Now the difficult part comes in. There are always people on the side of the road trying to get a ride. Since the side of the road is not really a side of the road they are actually in the road. At one point I turned to Elena and asked, ¨Everyone on the side of the road knows this is a Masunga (white person) car. They should know that this Masunga car is not used to driving with no lights and they should have some type of survival instinct and get the hell out of the road.¨ Luckily there were no casualties on the road.
That leaves me at this week. I am still working part-time in two clinics. This leaves me with the feeling of not doing a proper job in either clinic. Things just move slow here so maybe my feeling of not doing a proper job is actually at the pace that things normally move. I love you all and miss you!

3 Comments:

Blogger diego the boxer said...

hi girl!
we miss you too, and we hope that you'll get more sleep after your busy season.
well, im glad to find out that you didnt hit anybody while driving...just always be careful.
feel bad about the guard who stole the camera. im sure he's a good person, but a lot of times in a poor country, poverty drives people to do bad things, and its not fair.

work has been really busy, and i cant wait to go on vacation.
its been really cold here in nyc, and Eric & I would go house hunting each wknd rain, snow, or blizzard!
well, till your next entry.
love you & take care,
katrina

4:39 PM  
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