The resilience of the people in South Sudan has made a big impression on us. When you have to leave your village, your house is burnt to the ground, all your cattle is raided, your father is shot, your child died of hunger and you have to find refuge in the swamps where there are … More Beautiful people
We take so many things for granted in our life. And most of the things you won’t even realise that you need it, until you are out of it. When your well runs dry. When your source is empty. I am working in the WASH sector for a few years now. And I know all … More You won’t miss your water until your well runs dry
For those who want to read quick and efficient; please go directly to the last paragraph. For the others, enjoy the reading towards the last paragraph. Vulnerable households are those who had to flee their own village because of fighting. They walked for days with a few items they could carry and had to find … More Where to go? There, where there is most need?
Rest and Relaxation (R&R) is often a topic for conversation amongst aid workers. It is a bit like how we are talking about the weather in the Netherlands. If you meet someone, the way to start a conversation is making a comment about the weather. This is how you come closer to each other. Whether … More About Rain and Relaxation, and being lucky I am not made out of ice-cubes
I am walking with my bag and camping gear through the heat of the sun towards the landing strip. Actually I should have caught my flight yesterday but the trip was cancelled one evening in advance. It was decided that the Juba airport needed maintenance and will therefore be closed. These unexpected things can only … More Three samosa’s, a boiled egg and ginger tea
So mother, so child If you are always on the run? How would you feel? Afraid? Alone? Scared? If you lost another harvest? How would you feel? Frustrated? Angry? Sad? If you can’t afford to buy food? How would you feel? Stupid? Insignificant? Screwed? If you can’t feed your child? How would you feel? Ashamed? … More So mother, so child. How would you feel?
There is one thing that really fascinates me, and these are the facial markings of some people in South Sudan. You see very simple ones with parallel lines on the forehead up to very complicated patterns in the face and over the arms. The first times I saw these subtle lines on the men’s forehead … More Fascinating facial markings
I was walking around in a village, to find out and observe how the people are living and what their biggest needs are. The area can be described as a forestry highland wherein the villages and households are very spread. Most of the people fled to this area in the beginning of the year due … More Lesson from the handicapped guy
I am realising more and more that “the field” is actually a place you cannot reach. It is the place that is always farther, more rural and more difficult to reach than where you are at that moment. And once you have reached that place it is kind of the field has moved away from … More The never-ending fractal of “the field”
We are now for almost three weeks in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. The time goes fast. It is hard to imagine that a month ago, we were packing our belongings. We had discussions on which things we wanted to keep and store somewhere in the Netherlands, which things we wanted to give away, … More Trying to find our feet