It was my 3rd day in Malakal, Sudan on Monday and I think I truly experienced a day in the life.
Woke up and had some eggs and freshly baked bread from a Dukan across the street. ThenÂ I went with my sister in law and another girl, Stephanie, that lives in the same compound as us to visit some women from Darfur. It was very interesting to be in their home and spend time learning who they were. We had to wear sleeves that covered our elbows and scarfs that covered our hair. Â My 2 yr old niece came, too, and played really well with the little boy that was there with the women. It is special thing to see a little white baby girl (culturally ranked above even grown Sudanese men) servingÂ a little Sudanese boy coffee and sharing food and toys with him. ItÂ was one of those days that will be impossible to forget.
Unfortunately this was the day I was super sick. At one point I was just walking hunched over because of such bad stomach pain. I was nervous it was Giardia, but it passed in a day (thank goodness). Note to self, if you are feeling ill, do not walk across town, stay put and don’t move.
This is on the same street. This boy watched everything I was doing. I think he was on his way to school.