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Some Downsides of almost constant Travelling

I just watched the movie “machine gun preacher” and besides it being an intense movie based on true events, it also raised another consideration again in me. The main character is helping kids in Sudan against the by-now-famous Kony and LRA, but  he is mainly also torn between his family back home and his “new family” in Sudan. As several of you might know I have already been in several

What Egypt, Pakistan and Togo have in common and what Europeans are blessed with …

[Update] Check out this text to get some more background information and videos: Updates on the Situation in Egypt: What is Happening Also check out the current parties and their stands interactively. === How will this end? After the initial promising change in Egypt and other Arab States now there are threats to safety and freedom of it’s people again. I was chained to the TV back then watching how the

People taking to the streets in Togo

Some get what they want – and some just don’t get it!

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Now this is obviously a historic event with finally Mubarak stepping down. I am really relieved and congratulate the Egyptian people that their voice and prayers have been heard and hope that a peaceful and prosperous future following the idea and the spirit of the people comes into place.

But I remember very well a place where it does not! It reminds me of a story that I lived personally a few years ago in 2005 – when the dictator Eyadema died and left a vacuum of power. He had been a dictator for even longer than the Egyptian ruler – for 36 years, the second longest right after Castro in Cuba. People also went on the streets and demanded free elections. What had happened there?

Back

In Tamale I wanted to take the STC (Intercity bus) to Accra, but it left too late, so that I had to take Trotros (mercedes – bus taxis, that only leave whenever they are full). In Tamale I first had to wait for 4 1/2 hours before the Trotro left at all. In Kumase I then switched Trotros at 4 am! Changed again in Accra at 9am for a Trotro

Trip back

After the Ferry arrived in Yeji, Johannes and I were looking for a hotle with some other “Yovos” (or “Obrunis”, how they are called over here) who we met on the ferry. About 10 years ago they also had running tap water here, now everything has to be brought with Trotros – but the beds were good! The next morning we continued with a canoe of about 50 seats over

Expatriation

Over night the Goetheinstitut in Lomé has been burned, probably by soldiers or at least affiliates of the RPT. So now it is probably becoming dangerous also for Germans. We had to evacute to Ghana (by ourselves) (what we figured out after a lasting discussion whether we should go to Ghana or Benin due to ticketprices). The German Embassy was supposed to call their colleagues in Ghana to organize some

Retreat

For some time now we have been staying in the orphanary of Campagne des Hommes, which is about 6 kilometres away from the city, since demonstrations of the opposition might attract the fire of the military. So far only the RPT demonstrated (“victory demonstrations”), but at night and now also during the day soldiers moved to certain corners of the city and started beating up people in their own homes!

first casualties in Kpalimé

One day after the elections the police is everywhere and is forcing pedestrians back into their houses, since two soldiers have been killed during the night in a side street. The Opposition tried to destroy a radio station at night, because a self-declared “neutral” party leader had first welcomed Faure on his campaign and announced later on the radiostation that every youngster not voting for the RPT is a fool.

Elections

So there we have the elections themselves. It is clear that the opposition won, in Kpalimé with about 80 percent. The officials in the prefecture first refused to sign the final results but after some pressure from the side of the opposition they finally did it. A lot of people are moving trough the street and try to prevent fraud but also to ease their tension. All cellular networks have