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Matt and I just got back from Sudan a few days ago and the fact that the entire country relies on generators (if you’re lucky), we are now wanting to post pictures and give you an idea of what we experienced.

Our first night on the “compound” was one I’ll never forget. Lizards, not just cute little gheckos, I’m talking gigantic lizards with red heads, ran freely in and out of our tiny room and clung to the screen on the window that we were forced to leave open due to the 95 degree heat up till 1am.

The next few days were spent trekking out to primitive villages on the back of a boda boda (motorcycle) 6 hrs away. Sudan is still traumatized and gasping for breath at the aftermath of the war, leaving infrastructure close to nill. The rocky land leaves you with whip lash for days. Our traveled roads consisted of parts infested with tsitsie flies (note to self:don’t forget to have large branches in hand to swat the blood suckers away), miles and miles of charged black forests on either side and sand roads that make traveling by motorcycle difficult . By the time we arrived at the villages we were covered in a layer of orange dust and sunburn.

Shower Time

Panyeikwara and Obbo residents were extremely hospitable and generous with their resources. They happily allowed us to sleep in their modest mud huts with thatched roofs and fed us the best of the only food they have (relief food brought in by the U.N.). The giant rats and consistently chaotic lizards running over on the grass roof above our heads made it difficult to sleep, but we greatly appreciated the generosity of our hosts.

At dinner by moonlight one night, Matt mistakably ate bush rat, when he was told it was “beef”. The strange smell and texture to the meat should have been a indication that something was not right! However the next village made up for it by offering us wild honey which was mouth watering.

During the day we were able to help with eye exams, giving out 58 pairs of eye glasses to church members as well as 6 goats to chosen church members (animal husbandry is a great way source of income), a free dental clinic was offered at our home base of Nimule daily which makes you appreciate the “dental bliss” type atmosphere we are accustomed to in the States. Every night we witnessed the most jaw dropping sunset and black velvet sky poked with holes letting light pierce thru.

It was an incredible experience for us to visit a country still in a state of shock, whose people and families have been displaced and scattered across the globe. These people hope to one day be reunited with their loved ones and to a stable homeland. With upcoming elections and the decision for the North and South to unite or separate next year , peace is sure to linger in the far distant future.

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  1. Dad and Mom
    January 23, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Matt and Amy,
    Wow, I am speechless.
    God bless you.
    Hurry Home.
    Love and miss you,

  2. Sara
    January 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Matt-I’m sorry you had to experience the taste of bush rat!!! Yikes!~…but it sounds like the experience as a whole was one you’ll never forget. The generousity of the Sudan people has left quite an impression. Wow! If we could all be like that this world would be a much kinder place.

  3. Sara
    January 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Oh-I just want to squeeze the cheeks of that litle baby with you in the picture Amy! So cute!

  4. Lynnette
    January 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Wow; what an incredible story; pretty much speechless. I’d give anything to experience the world the way you are. It makes America feel so “easy”. Be safe and keep up the great stories and incredible pictures!!

  5. BDR
    January 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    hey—o…nice shower pic! sorry, someone had to say it.

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