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Epulu Getaway

Posted by Owen Fuller on February 12, 2011 in DRC Trip 2011 |
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The work for the week is complete, and it’s time to enjoy the weekend.  The plan is to head to the Okapi reserve at Epulu for an overnight stay.  Solo and I have been feeling ill for about a day, but we’re starting to feel better.  Jon, who is supposed to pilot the plane for […]

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Dungu

Posted by Owen Fuller on February 8, 2011 in DRC Trip 2011 |
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Joey Lincoln touches down on the dirt airstrip.  It’s been four days since I’ve last seen Alpha Uniform, our Cessna Caravan which draws its name from the phonetic pronunciation of the last two letters of its tail number.  Our stay at Dingila has been productive and fun, but I’m glad to climb aboard once again.  […]

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Our Stay in Dingila

Posted by Owen Fuller on February 4, 2011 in DRC Trip 2011 |
Tightening the "big bolt" on the frame.
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During our stay in Dingila we are setting up a VSAT Internet system for MSF (Doctors Without Borders).  MSF is working in the area to help victims of sleeping sickness and establish an emergency hospital.  Sleeping sickness is a disease spread by the bite of the tsetse fly.  The early symptoms include fever, itching, and […]

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Flying to Dingila

Posted by Owen Fuller on February 1, 2011 in DRC Trip 2011, life less than perfect |
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The howl of the local mosque echoes in my skull.  I look at my phone.  It’s only 4:30 in the morning.  Memories surface of my time training at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, where every day a loudspeaker located right above my tent blared a recorded call to prayer under the guise of preparing my National […]

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Let the Work (and Fun) Begin

Posted by Owen Fuller on January 31, 2011 in DRC Trip 2011, life less than perfect |
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On Wednesday night we a get call from Medecines Sans Frontier (French for Doctors Without Borders).  The two VSAT satellite Internet systems we were going to install for them were released from customs and moved to MAF’s storage at the airfield.  The systems had been on the ground for two weeks, but there was a […]

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Welcome to Bunia

Posted by Owen Fuller on January 30, 2011 in DRC Trip 2011 |
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