|Almost to Djibouti|
|This guy is awesome, I want to know his story|
|Making coffee at the airport in Ethiopia|
|Ethiopia is green and mountainous|
Unrest among the Afars minority during the 1990s led to a civil war that ended in 2001 following the conclusion of a peace accord between Afar rebels and the Issa-dominated government. In 1999, Djibouti's first multi-party presidential elections resulted in the election of Ismail Omar GUELLEH; he was re-elected to a second term in 2005. They still do not have what we would consider a government.
|Small little ghettos all over|
The present leadership favors close ties to France, which maintains a significant military presence in the country, but also has strong ties with the US. Djibouti hosts the only US military base in sub-Saharan Africa.
Sept 11, 2011- Travel Day to Dijibouti.
|We made it!|
|Airport Parking lot|
|Now we are in the Africa I thought of|
I also noticed a big difference then the middle east- I think there are way more women here and allowed to talk and use money. I met an Ethiopian woman who asked why I was here, she told me she is very proud of her country and married a Kuwaiti man and is moving there. She hit the lotto- this is her way out!
|This is one of the nicer huts|
The capital of this resource-poor nation profits as a regional banking center with a free port and modern air port. Terminus of the railway from Addis Ababa, it handles much of Ethiopia's trade. A civil war in the early 1990s ended with a power-sharing agreement between the two main ethnic groups, the Issa of Somali origin and the Afar of Ethiopian origin. Now They still use the airport to funnel in.
|Creepy people walking along the railroad tracks|
Boarding the flight to Djibouti is when it really sank in- We are in a 3rd world country. These people herded over to the gate like cattle. Kevin and I developed a system called Pace Caring that makes it so people cannot cut the line.
|Old and New School clothes: same color|
|Oh thank god we are here! I thought Sally Struthers and Santa Claus was going to show up and ask for a small weekly donation!|
We arrived and we were in what would be considered what I imagined Africa would be like. I’ll admit to being a bit scared- the train track is riddled with garbage and scary looking people in little huts and shanties.
|Is It a Plane or a helo?|
Aries our MWR women is from the Philippians and is as nice as a person you could ask for. The base is defiantly rougher than we are used to and much stricter. There was a situation when we were eating that everyone got called to READY position. I was a bit freaked out but never once felt danger. Just realizing we are in a place where these people have absolutely nothing to lose.
We are not allowed out of our bunks and have no clearance to do anything yet, the heat here is humid and unbearable- Its easier to dry off in a pot of boiling water and a wet towel than it was after my shower. My room is what I imagine Paul Newman went through in Cool Hand Luke- in the hot box theme. Once we settled in and figured out the AC everything was great- Kev and I even went to the 11 degrees North for a local beer. Tusker is great! It is American flavor but i bit stronger... It went down real nice in this heat.
|It is hot even at night.. Real Hot.. African Hot|
Dijbouti Facts: 60% people are unemployed. 3 Americas can fit in North Africa- Alaska and The Sudan are roughly the same size.