"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

4.29.2006

so the second plane hit at at 9:02

People are a little freaked out.

Two planes crashed in the last 48 hours. One was headed to Goma, and the other took off from here, and both were UN flights. (That article says otherwise, but my understanding is that it had something to do with the UN one way or the other.). The pilots on both flights were South African. It's generally considered better to be on a plane flown by South Africans than by anybody else, excluding the humanitarian flights the French and Americans run. (They are the most likely to be sober - and licensed.)

As my friend Christine said, "We expect crashes from the local airplanes, but not from our flights." A sad but true statement.

I'll only be flying Kenya Airways, Rwandair Express, and British Airways from here on out.

In other news, some of my friends had to be evacuated from their post in South Kivu. The Mai-Mai militias were threatening the town, and them. They're the only international aid group in that small town. Pretty scary.

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