Thursday, August 23, 2012

The long journey from Charlotte to Nyankunde, DRC Aug 22

Greetings from Nyankunde!

It's been a long journey to reach here.  We left Charlotte and flew to Washington DC.  From there we flew to Addis Ababa, and then to Entebbe.  From there we took a taxi to Kampala, where we spent a day seeing the city and getting to know the SP Uganda staff a bit.

Yesterday we took an bus from Kampala to Bwera, which is on the border with DRC.  We crossed over into DRC and were met by some Congolese folks.  There was the usual delay at the border (the man with the proper stamp for the passport was in a meeting) but we managed to get in the country without even having our luggage opened!  This is kind of miraculous.  From Kasindi (on the Congo side) we took a car to Beni.  We passed through the thick of the Virunga National Park, where Lindsey claims she saw a gorilla.  I think it might have been a guerilla.  It can be hard to distinguish the two.  We spent the night in Beni.  This morning we made it to Nyankunde.  It was a long trip, but it's good to know that it is doable.  You never know until you try.

Things at Nyankunde are going well.  The new OR/ICU building looks fantastic, but it is pretty much empty.  It will take a lot of work to get things going.  Now it is evening.  You can't imagine how peaceful and quiet it is here.  There is only the sound of the crickets and the wind in the trees.  I asked Lindsey whether she would get bored with only me around in the evenings.  She said no, but she did hesitate a little...  We'll see.

Warren (for the Coopers)


  1. you brought a copy of Alice in Wonderland I hope . . that's good for a couple night entertainment.

  2. Having a hard time proving that I am not a robot . . .