Water, fruit and strange animals

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Following the rain earlier in the week, we had a lovely cool(ish) day, but since then, the sun and heat have returned with a vengeance. We are still acclimatising and taking care to pace ourselves.

We have had a problem with obtaining water for drinking. The water we collected from the borehole yesterday looked decidedly muddy and unappetising. There is another borehole not too far away, but yesterday it was locked. Today it was unlocked and we were able to get some cleaner looking water. Oh, to be able to turn on a tap and see fresh water gushing out, fit for drinking immediately!

Earlier in the week we went to visit Sara, the daughter of Justin who works in the ECS clinic. Sara was sick in hospital with malaria and didn’t seem to be showing any improvement. We prayed for her, and Justin later told us that there had been some improvement in her condition.

While we were at the hospital we met Lydia, who is in charge of the hospital. She showed us the new outpatients’ department, and the maternity unit which is being renovated. She also took us to show us the ward and the temporary maternity unit. There were two women on the post-natal ward, both of whom had lost their babies.

On Thursday, we had a visit from the former commissioner, Bridget Nagomoro. She is now the Minister for Health. It was Bridget’s dream to have a girls’ boarding school in Ibba, and gave some of the land owned by her family for the dream to be realised. The school is about to take in the third year group of 40 girls, and Bridget still has a keen interest in the progress of the school.

Yesterday, we saw some children carrying two small, furry animals, which at first glance looked like kittens. On further examination, however, they appeared to be a cat-like animal that we were not familiar with. They had large eyes and ears and an elongated nose, more like a dog’s nose. The markings on their fur were quite unusual. They had a row of dark patches down each side of their back, and ringed markings on their tails. If anyone knows what they are, we would be glad to hear from you.

As we were preparing for bed last night we heard drumming and wailing. We were told that a little girl had died in the hospital and we were concerned about Sara. We don’t know how Sara is getting on, but don’t think it was her who died. Life in Ibba can be quite tenuous.

On a lighter note, we have been enjoying the fruit here in Ibba. Yesterday, we made some passion fruit juice and today we were treated to some beautiful pineapple. Pineapples in Ibba are much better than at home. We have also been given a paw paw, so hope that we might be able to enjoy that tonight.


Alison de Villiers said Tue, 26 Jan 2016 06:12PM
Hi Nigel & Carol, Good to hear from you. I think, from your description, and from what I could see in the picture, that this small furry animal is a Small Spotted Genet (Geneta Geneta).
anne cook said Tue, 26 Jan 2016 06:48PM
Hi there.Lovely to hear from you.Take your time aclimatising.It sounds really hot there.I've been on the baby ward today and seen some sweeties. Birth is a miracle as well as being a risky business.Let me know about the baby care there. Lots of love, Anne
Jane said Wed, 27 Jan 2016 04:51PM
Lovely to hear your news and be transported back, for just a few minutes! Yes, we have water clean from a tap, but oh I do miss my lovely friends in Maridi!! And the sunshine!! Here it is grey, windy and raining!! Delighted someone came up with a name for that little creature in the little girls hands!! In all my visits I have never seen one. Trust you now have all your belongings with you and that as the days pass, you will become more and more acclimatised. Be assured of my prayers for you both and the dear folk in Ibba - it is a joy to close my eyes and imagine myself back in my beloved South Sudan! xx
Nigel said Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:14AM
Hi Jane, Thank you for the kind thoughts and prayers. Actually, a bit cold this morning!

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