The waiting game

Transportation in East Timor is poor. We are currently waiting in Dili for a ride out to Baucau and things are not looking great. Today we will scour the streets and try to find someone willing to haul us out.

While we wait, we spend much of our time with members of the UN security mission. They are very friendly and seem to be bonded closely with one another.

Unfortunately, the tragedy in Haiti has been emotionally difficult for most of the UN staff, in particular, our friend James. As the hours pass, names of deceased Haitian UN security staff continue to trickle in and, not surprisingly, they are nearly all well known to those working here in Dili. There are no open emotional outbursts, but the announcement of each dead colleague is remembered with a moment of silence and a brief blank stare. I feel very sorry for them.

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