ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Richard Loat (CA) was recently part of a team evacuated from Khartoum in Sudan due to an outbreak of riots. He was on his first deployment responding to flooding in the area. Even though he had no idea what to expect as he sat on the plane to the disaster zone, once he arrived it was the human connection that assisted him with carrying out ShelterBox’s disaster relief work:
Heading to Khartoum on my first deployment, it was hard to miss the pride with which I wore my ShelterBox shirt. It was beaming from me despite weariness from crossing the Atlantic twice in 24 hours (I went from a work trip to being deployed) and 30 hours of travel to the African continent.
I was off to Sudan to help bring some sort of shelter, dignity and starting point to the rebuilding of life, for those affected by flash flooding in Khartoum and it started in Cairo, Egypt.
After trying to nap for most of a 9-hour layover in Egypt’s Cairo airport, I met up with Sallie, the team lead for our deployment. Our journey started there. From the moment we met up I found I was learning so much from her as she shared story after story from her 12 previous deployments from all over the world.
The good, the bad, and the ugly
We got to Khartoum and made contact with the team before us – you know, learning the good, the bad, and the ugly about the situation.
This was Sudan, a country reeling from the secession of 75% of it’s oil and industry in 2011 with the creation of the new country South Sudan, and this was Khartoum, a city reeling from the wake of floods which had left thousands of families homeless with little to rebuild with.
Read more here: SUDAN