Has developed our passion for our work in Southern Sudan, Northern Uganda and Beyond. Having been on the ground not only near Kalma Camp but in more western remote areas of Darfur such as Feina I can tell you that “news” reports can have any “spin” placed on them desired by the Sudan Government once the dust settles. In 2006, I was dropped in military style by UN helicopter with a small team from Safe Harbor into Feina which is known by few NGO’s (Non Governmental Organizations) and home to over 100,000 people. Safe Harbor had been in the area a year earlier and established a medical clinic but due to violence in the area no teams had been able to return.
It is hard to explain what it is like to be greeted by so many people living in such absolute desolate conditions. I have never had more of a sense of being cut off from the rest of the world knowing that even if people wanted to help most could not receive permission to access the area. The danger of rebel attack from surrounding mountains was constant. The leader of the people in Feina remembered Safe Harbor staff as if they had come the day before. Another cultural attribute of many African people that the Western world could learn much from if they could slow down long enough to begin to understand.
Building relationships is always at the core of any success however short lived in Sudan. Logistics, expertise, finances, and proper equipment are all important as we prepare to enter Sudan but taking time to listen and spending time with IDP’s (Internally Displaced People) always becomes the most important task at hand.
Thank you for taking the time to look over our website but make sure to CLICK HERE to watch a video of the team’s efforts to help in Sudan. If you have any further questions please contact me directly using our CONTACT FORM. Thank you for caring to make a difference in the world! – Dave