Two Days Left…

October 17, 2009 at 4:09 pm 2 comments

I can’t believe it!  After hearing about this for months, the government has finally started the offensive in South Waziristan and I’m leaving the country.  Right in the middle of good news stories but of course not so good for the tons of people who live in that area who will likely be displaced because of the military operations.

Things have been quite tense here since the WFP bombing on the 5th.  The Taliban have upped the ante – with a direct hit on a UN building, with taking hostages at – it was said – one of the most secure army buildings in the country in Rawalpindi just 30 mins from here (with good traffic) and with triple suicide bombings in three different cities.  Security is tight around the city and extra precautions are being taken all around.  Don’t worry.

I’ll be off for some debriefings with the UN in NY very soon, then a one day stopover in Ottawa to change suitcases and see my family.  After that I plan to spend 5 weeks in the Maldives working and playing before returning home at the end of November.  Looking forward to seeing everyone then.

But for now…I have to get back to packing.  Who knew one could accumulate so much in only 5 months!


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  • 1. Nathalie VB  |  October 22, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Hi Judy, So glad this mission has come to an end. The Maldives will be an interesting project to work on.

    A big hug to your family from me, and looking forward to exchanging pictures.

    With all our love,


  • 2. François  |  October 25, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I just love your “don’t worry”‘s to close off paragraphs describing the latest bombings! You’ve become quite the veteran at this stuff. If all went according to plan, you should be in the Maldives by now. The pictures from your last trip there were great and the project sounds interesting. Do give me a call when you get back to Ottawa and before your leave on your next journey…



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