Monday, 30 May 2011
Friday, 27 May 2011
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Above, children carrying "gallons".
Yesterday the main water supply into Freetown was damaged leaving the whole city dry. 1.2 million people have no water for washing, cooking or drinking. The wealthier ones are able to buy water from trucks for 2000 Leones a gallon, but as the poorer people live on only 4000 Leones a day, they can either afford water or food. Please pray for them. Meanwhile on the Africa Mercy we have limited reserves so are back on rationing: cold showers, laundry closed, disposable crockery and silverware etc. Please pray that the water company gets the pipe repaired and water can flow again! Olly
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Sadly, my ten year old tent was finished by a monster rainstorm last week. It's original canvas was recently stolen from the dock here in Freetown, and we used local tailors to sew a new one, but it didn't fit well and collapsed under the weight of rainwater. A tent is a non-negotiable item for our dockside workshop - it gives us shade from the brutal sun and keeps the torrential rains off us, so my ever resourceful local staff made this new beauty out of locally bought timbers and spare canvas.
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Friday, 13 May 2011
...and the tower from a distance:
Funny story: I once drove past the tower after a rain storm. The cloud level was lower than the top of the tower, so all I could see was the top and the cables coming from it...it looked all the world to me like an angel. Huh. Olly
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Friday, 6 May 2011
Thursday, 5 May 2011
...and Sally showing Ian the door to the operating rooms:
And Sally, Samantha, Ian and me (looking vacant) on the ward with Memuna, one of Sally's patients.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
...a MASSIVE island of garbage. If this thing hits the ship, our cooling-water intakes will clog and our generators will shut down, despite every effort by me and my colleagues in the dive team. Huh. Olly