South Sudan: Our international mini-village

8 Jun 2017
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All of us international colleagues share a living space right next to the hospital compound.
No house, flat or apartment, but a fenced-in area where everybody has their own “tukul”, a personal hut made from local materials.
It’s our own, intimate international mini-village.
The house cats Peeps and Felix are there to keep us company, but even more so to protect us from rats and snakes.
Sometimes we find the time on Sunday afternoons to organise a small beauty salon session: pedicures and dyeing hair while the men trim their beards.
At the moment the team includes two Dutchies, one Afghan, one American, two Canadians, one Slovakian, two Spaniards, one German (me!) and one Pakistani. We share a kitchen and a dining table, and we can often be found here playing games.
During the weekend a couple of enthusiasts among us prepare something special, like pizza or a birthday cake.
We also have a separate “sports tukul”, where we do yoga, badminton or fitness. At the end of one of our sports sessions the floor is soaking in our sweat, as it’s usually about 40 to 50 degrees Celsius here!
Nurse Phil tends his garden and hopes to have sun flowers and fresh herbs soon.
It’s a home away from home.