Daily Archives: June 22, 2004

If this is Tuesday…

We should be in Gemena.  Gemena is where we will be visiting Dr. Kongawi for about a week.  Kongawi is the father of the two boys we have had living with us for the past ten years.  So now it is my turn to take advantage of his hospitality.  He is a great guy – good sense of humor, hard working and very hospitable as most Congolese are.  I haven’t seen him since 1999 when he visited us up here in Prince Albert.  Our wonderful government decided he is too big a risk to allow into Canada since his boys claimed refugee status while the civil war was raging in their home area. 

Jacques is the Leprosy and TB Co-ordinator for the northern part of Equateur province.  He works under the American Leprosy Mission(US) and is responsible for this branch of the health services for about 4 million people. 

And from what I hear, the UN peacekeepers are staying in his guesthouse next door.  Meeting them should be interesting too.

 

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