Back in Adi

Yeah, we’ve made it in one day. It was a very long day. We started from Kampala around 7am Uganda time, and arrived in Adi around 8.30pm Congo time (and that is 9.30pm Uganda time). Both Tamsin and I were very tired and went straight away to bed. Although I woke up a couple of times, I slept pretty well.

Why did I wake up a couple of times? Well, just because there are seven kittens, and they were sleeping on my bed. Mapendo the mother cat has four kittens of four weeks old, and her daughter Danique has three kittens of two weeks old. Both are taking care of all the kittens and they take turns nursing them.

The seven kittens. On the right the four of Mapendo and left the three of Danique (although one is not really visible)

The seven kittens. On the right the four of Mapendo and left the three of Danique (although one is not really visible, two are mainly black)

Although it was a very long trip, with also stretches where the road was bad, there is a part of the road that goes past Murchison Falls Park. We saw baboons, Uganda kobs, hippos and…elephants. Two herds (at a further distance) and four elephants in groups of two (closer by). And because we went by taxi, we could stop for some pictures.

Two of the elephants we saw near Pakwach.

Two of the elephants we saw near Pakwach.

We found a warm welcome in Arua where three men from Adi (two from the hospital and one of the workers) waited for us. We continued straight away. We went through Koboko and because we couldn’t get stamped out, we had to go the next day to Oraba, which forms the border with South Sudan as well. That afternoon we visited friends and just home a lab-technician came to ask if I could give blood to a 2-year-old girl with a hemoglobine of 3,6. Yes of course I could. Today, when we had a tour of the hospital, we visited the girl and saw that she was doing a bit better, though she was still pretty sick.

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