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Well, it looks like people really liked last week’s video blog! Apparently nobody was too put off by the lack of CGI, Michael Bay inspired explosions, or, come to think of it, even rudimentary video editing.
This week I take you into the heart of Dadadou, the Internally Displaced People (IDP) Camp that I have been living in for the last week and a half. You get to meet some of the Dazma family, see where I’ve been sleeping and get a sense of just how crowded the place actually is…
I filmed this at about 6:30 in the morning, right after waking up, so you’ll have to forgive me if I’m looking a little gross. After a long, wet night in our leaky tent, I was a bit groggy.
One other thing to note. Today’s video is in HD. Just click the HD button at the bottom of the video to see it in all its 720p glory! I’ll do my best to make all the vlibleogs (wedeogs?) HD, but it won’t always be easy with the internet connections I’m working with (this one took more than two hours to upload… good thing we never lost power!).
Episode 2 Footnotes
• Yes, I called it a “football stadium.” I’m usually pretty good at re-contextualizing things back to U.S. standards (it’s called soccer!), but hey… give me a break.
• I don’t know much Creole, but I try to use what I know. What I was saying was “Bonjou!” (“Good morning”) and “Como ou ye?” (“How are you?”).
• Kenchise is my favorite (the one emptying out the stove). Probably one of the sweetest people in the world! Always ready with a smile.
• I’ll be including a picture of Dazma working in his tailor shop in a future article.
• My sister thinks I need a Walter Cronkite-esque sign off (apparently “well, that’s it for now” just doesn’t have the power of “and that’s the way it is.”). Any ideas?
Stay tuned for next week’s episode!
About the Author: Barry is the founder and director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.