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Monday, June 8, 2015
IDP camp, Nyemba
It's 11am now, Kapondo and his mom arrived. We have them all settled at Malele's I am at OCHA sending this off- below are the beginning of my notes from yesterdays visit, should be able to finish tomorrow and add later.
tough day- tough-er days ahead....
this is a pic of the mattress, bed sheet and mosquito net we purchased for Kapondo and mama Kapondo to sleep :)
June 8, 2015
roosters are calling and the sun is rising, oh, and I am drinking hot Starbucks
via coffee!!! (Thank you dad!) Yesterday was a very long rough day. We left
the house around 730am, Malela, Ethan, Rocco, Madam Mama Theresa, Guy Marie and I. We
went to the drivers house to get him, then picked up Malela and we were on the
road by 8-830am (w a few stops here and there to get Talk time, water, snacks
etc for the day). By the time we reached the river crossing it was nearly
12:30pm, we must have passed through 6 different villages, most of them having
been IDP camps at some point or another. I paid the fee to cross over (it’s $30
USD each way for the car to cross ourselves included). We got to the other side
of Nyemba River and within minutes reached the Nyemba IDP camp, immediately the
‘committee’ was called and we were under a small hut meeting with them to do
(As I sit here writing I can hear the
whistle of the boat arriving, which Kapondo and his mom are on! We leave here
in one hour to meet them at the port; it’s been two years and I am so very
excited to see them!!!!).
committee was comprised of (those that were present or, presented themselves):
President: Muambwa Francoise
M from Muzozo/Nyunzu DOB: 1/9/1958, married 5 kids (LUBA)been in camp since December 2014
Vice President: Kitenga Anisi
Jean Pierre M from Kabeke/Manono DOB: 1/9/1970, married 5 kids (LUBA)- been
in camp since December 2014
Security guard: Mara Dona M
from Kaonda/Nyunzu DOB: ? married 3 kids, been in camp 2 months (PYGMY)
A woman (PYGMY), Kiungu Zani
F from Kizunkula/Kalemie DOB: ? married 4 kids, been in camp since December
Nyemba camp statistics:
·9 people died in May 2015 (7
children, 2 adults)Health and lack of food
·NGO’s currently present in
camp:MSF, WFP (not since March 2015)
June 9, Tuesday- 8:47am We are here at SFCG (Search for Common Ground) about to do an Interview w/ Ms. Flavienne, SFCG is trying to arrange a mission to the field so that we can also document the activities they are doing with the IDPs. Stay tuned! krista