That is what August looked like.
The visit was from Dirk and Loes Visser. Dirk is treasurer of AIM Netherlands and he and his wife have been doing a tour in Africa visiting three places. They saw they had planned well. Starting in South Africa, then to Uganda and finally to DR Congo, the least modern place. They spent five full days here, arriving Thursday August 20 and leaving Wednesday August 26. They visited the hospital, some of my friends, and the market at Ingbokolo (though not on a market day as it rained Saturday) and were impressed with the simplicity of life here and the friendly people. Among others we visited my Kakwa teacher and his family and enjoyed the kids.
When they were in Adi, Dr. Claude received a message from one of the health centers that triplets were born and that they needed to be transported to the hospital. One of the nurses went to pick them up. It were three very small boys, of whom one was not really doing well when I saw them Monday afternoon. He died early Tuesday morning. As I write this, the other two are still around and getting fed breast milk by nasal tube.
Last Saturday I received a letter from a very good friend in Aru. I hadn’t heard from her in a while so was happily surprised by the invitation for the wedding of one of her sons. I have known Etsora since he was a 3-year-old toddler so I really wanted to go. The fact that I had to take Dirk and Loes to Arua on Wednesday made that when returning back into Congo I was already halfway in Ariwara. And it was an opportunity to buy the long awaited motorbike for the AIDS Program as well. While Dr Claude and I accompanied Dirk and Loes to Arua, Amule, a nurse of Adi hospital, stayed behind in Ariwara to buy one.
After having returned to Ariwara, Claude took the motorbike to Adi while Amule and I drove to Aru, with the hospital car, where we arrived at 7pm. The people were pleasantly surprised of us being there. And it was good to meet with my friend and her husband, see all their children and some of their grandchildren. Also it was a great wedding that took the whole day Thursday. I went to the civil wedding as well. The church wedding started only at 11.30am until around 3.30pm and was followed by a meal. We left Aru only at 5.30pm and arrived in Adi just before 8.30pm. I was tired and went to bed straight away. I had a very good sleep and woke up refreshed.