Thursday, 30 April 2009
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
The truck driver is responsible for the funeral costs of the people he killed, and to pay to replace the 6 cars he destroyed, but he has no money, so there goes Odecious' livelihood and the security of his extended family. So Odecious intends to buy another car frame and an engine, and transfer everything he can from the wreck to make a new taxi, but even this will cost plenty of money. Can you help him? You can send money via MoneyGram or Western Union to any Monrovia branch for Odecious Johns, and then email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with the password so he can collect the money. He is a good man, and continues to do good work in Monrovia looking after some of the patients we left behind. Thanks. Olly
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Saturday, 25 April 2009
Above, Sally & Lia with their finished product. Mmmm...
Friday, 24 April 2009
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Above, 40 Englishmen and women. Another 20 were missing - in bed or working shifts.
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Above, the insanely busy roads outside the market.
Monday, 20 April 2009
PS How I love hyperlinks, and Wikipedia!
On Tuesday I met a warlord. Maybe I've unknowingly met one before in a country not far from here, but this one and his bodyguard were not ashamed of admitting to their past, and how they used to work for an even bigger warlord and his son. The guy I met wanted my help laundering gold and diamonds that he had stolen during "operations" from the country, and was surprised when I said no. He looked like a regular underweight guy in his 40s, but I couldn't help but wonder about the terrible things he had done, and the lives of the people he had tortured and murdered. I guess he will remain at large for as long as the country doesn't try to bring their ex-warlords to justice. Olly
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Sunday, 12 April 2009
Above: today, and the real chocolate we have been hiding since we were in Europe two months ago...
How cool. Were you there? Did you see it? Which beach? Olly
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Above, Libby as the same.
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Thursday, 2 April 2009
Above, badly formed bones (like rickets maybe?)
Above, more badly formed bones - bilateral club foot.
Above, the mother of all hernias.
Above, tumour, I'm guessing.
Above, another tumour. This lady is one of Sally's patients and has had excercises to bring her lip back into shape. She will come back to the ship in August for a bone graft onto the titanium plate that has replaced her lower jaw.
Above, oro-nasal fistula.
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Here's a grainy photo of a car carrier arriving in the port, where it is about to be moored next to another one that has already discharged it's cargo.
What a fascinating fact! Olly
23rd April 2000, Monrovia, Liberia: Three people suffocated as thousands of fans forced their way into an overcrowded stadium to watch a World Cup qualifying game between Liberia and Chad.
9th July 2000, Harare, Zimbabwe: 13 fans died after police fired tear gas into a crowd estimated at 50,000 during a World Cup qualifying game between Zimbabwe and South Africa
11th April 2001, Johannesburg, South Africa: 43 people were killed and 155 injured as fans try to push into an overcrowded Ellis Park to watch Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.
29th April 2001, Lubumbashi, Congo: Seven people were crushed to death in a stampede after police fired tear gas into unruly crowd during a game between Lupopo and Mazembe, the top two teams in southern Congo.
9th May 2001, Accra, Ghana: The worst stadium disaster ever in Africa took place as at least 123 people died in a stampede after police fired tear gas into the stands in response to Asante fans who threw bottles and chairs on the field during the game between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko.
11th October 2004, Lome, Togo: Four people were killed and another eight injured during a stampede after a power outage knocked out the lights at the end of a World Cup 2006 qualifier between Togo and Mali.
3rd June 2007, Lusaka, Zambia: 12 fans were crushed to death as a crowd rushed from the stadium after Zambia's victory in a 2008 African Cup qualifier against Congo.
1st June 2008, Monrovia, Liberia: At least eight fans were crushed and suffocated in melees outside the gates of an overcrowded Samuel K. Doe Stadium before a World Cup qualifier between Liberia and Gambia.