Diary of an Adventure

Juba Adventures

Eddie’s Innovation Dinner Challenge was to use an induction pan that works, with a pot (that doesn’t work on the induction hob) inside it to cook the pasta sauce.

We are waiting for confirmation of the ceasefire between anti and pro government forces, while there are reports that the pro-government forces have retaken Bor, assisted by Ugandan forces. In Juba, shooting was reported from High Malakal, with everything calm.

A painting of huts in South Sudan taking shape on the easel that reminds me of Monet’s haystacks. It started out as huts against the skyline. Empty of life. The earth scorched by the sun. Echoing the hopeless consequence of war. Watching the sunrise, full of promise, drums and singing from where the IDP’s are corralled, the painting took on a different life.

Rachael did our Innovation Dinner Challenge, importing help, and changing location to UNMISS. They prepared a stir-fry, and casserole full of flavour, with the biggest salad I have seen in Juba.

For the first time in ages I’m aware of dogs barking and howling as day breaks over Juba Town. It’s still dark, but birds are waking and there are roosters screeching.

Juba remains calm, with Upper Nile tense as youth militia and anti-government forces reportedly move north from Malakal where fighting is taking place within Malakal town.
Renk and Malut remain in government hands.

Went for my jog on a warm evening. My Achilles very unhappy. Not impressed.

Heightened tension towards the UN following the news briefing by the President, repeated on national TV

Low level harassment continues on our way through to the office. No drama, but a tad uncomfortable. The violence of soldiers against male civilians continues, which is hard to understand, with sticks used to cane pedestrians. Others pulled into hollows next to the road for search and interrogation. Fear reaction to the presence of the suspected, but invisible, rebel forces??

Around the streets of Juba Town, prisoners in white overalls collect litter, while truck loads of new recruits head towards the main military camp.

A bunch of guys staying in the house as we are still short on accommodation options. We did find it amusing that the subject of scheduling the washing machine and the merits of not needing to iron clothing if put on the correct spin cycle, taking it out when its damp an hanging it correctly, was such a big part of our conversation.

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