Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

September 28th, 2017 - 6:22 pm § in Uncategorized

Mango’s for sale at the clinic

The immense mango trees in the large garden around the clinic provide shadow and shelter to the many patients who gather. It is rainy season which means busy days for Seni, the head nurse of this small clinic in southern Senegal. Many children have respiratory infections, diarrhoea, malaria and maln[...]

September 28th, 2017 - 6:12 pm § in Uncategorized

What is more dangerous: an owl or a scorpion?

A man cries out because of the pain, pulling his swollen leg as he enters the clinic. “What can you do against those nasty scorpions?” My colleague Patricia desperately asks me. She is a young doctor from Dakar who takes some vacation time to work in this mission clinic in the southern f[...]

October 31st, 2016 - 12:09 pm § in Uncategorized

On sin, sacrifice and friendship

As my eyes follow the blood streaming into the drain, I realize how high the price is that has to be paid for sin. Evil can not last forever; sin leads to death. We celebrate the feast of the sacrifice with our Senegalese friends in a village far from Dakar. The sheep we bought yesterday, […][...]

April 14th, 2016 - 2:23 pm § in Church, Africa

Washing the dishes with Fulani women

Aminata shines when she talks about her daughters. They both go to school and one is the best in her class. She herself has never had that opportunity. Growing up as a shepherd’s daughter in a small village there was no school to attend. This Easter Sunday we wash the dishes together and chat in [[...]

February 1st, 2016 - 12:37 pm § in Church

Travelling with a camera crew

 “We’re on a journey, a journey, we are not from here, we’re just passing through …” The lyrics gives food for thought, the melody gets stuck in your head, and the images give a wonderful impression of one of the most beautiful places in Senegal.   Bookmark on Delicious D[...]

May 24th, 2015 - 7:11 pm § in Church

An interview at Schiphol Airport

It strikes me that talking to Bernard he doesn’t show any tracee of the smooth entertainer we see in his music videos. He is modest and calm as we talk about his European Tour. “CAMA invited me and my wife Corine to celebrate their 60th anniversary. We happely accepted this invitation. W[...]

March 24th, 2015 - 8:06 pm § in Medical

About typhus and sour milk: Consultation in a Fulani village

Soulee is a young shepherd in the north of Senegal where the Fulani – a nomadic tribe – live. It is very hot and drought has turned the landscape into a desert. Soulee has completely wrapped his scarf around his head and over his mouth excluding heat and dust. This Sunday he travelled to[...]

March 24th, 2015 - 8:02 pm § in Family

On camels and birds: discovering the north of Senegal

To Maria sitting on the back of the car on a bumpy dirt road is actually more fun than riding a camel. There is much to explore in the north of Senegal. While driving, we see shepherds with large herds of cows, sheep, goats and camels. We have to watch out for crossing donkeys, they […][...]