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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Few things ... but really meaningful!

Gauthier, fiero del suo certificato elettorale
Gauthier, avec son certificat electoral

Few things ... but really meaningful!
These days across the country is going on a kind of census: the electoral enrollment to be allowed to vote in October. The all operation alternate deeply different steps: from hope to payments problems affecting personnel, from a very easy organization to the lack of roads in order to reach the registration centers, from hope to the decision to give up.
There is a certain laziness to go to be enrolled, probably due to the fact that the hope to see changes is very little. The lack of hope has root in the politics. Unfortunately the same people present themselves to be elected, and this goes on from decades. The same who can continue to dominate and enrich themselves, without coherence or a positive project focused to the common good. And not only in Central Africa!
These days are visiting us Fr. Davide Sollami along with three journalists (two of TV2000 and one for Teleradiopace, Chiavari). They are here to realize some TV and Radio reports in sight of the Pope's visit to Central Africa, on 29 and 30 November.
With them we take a tour visiting some of the activities of the Mission. A look to the rice fields, a visit to the polling stations, a meeting with Muslim women who have remained with us in Bozoum, and whom we stay close with some material aid.
Monday finally comes the important day of the departure of Hyppolite. I asked to a Dutch “humanitarian” NGO to book a seat on the “humanitarian” plane connecting Bozoum with the capital, but they simply refused.
Anyhow on Monday Hyppolite left with her mom and Fr. Enrico, direction Bangui. The roads are very bad, especially the first 87 km, but after more than 9 hours driving, in the evening they arrived in Bangui, and Tuesday afternoon Hyppolite could take his flight with “Air France” arriving in Genoa on Wednesday, welcomed by friends and a very special family from Savona (mom Emmanuela, dad Fiorenzo, Daniel, Alex and Marta). Hyppolite will be their guest. On afternoon of the same day he have already received the medical attention by a friend, Dr. Anselmo. For Hyppolite is the beginning of his adventure in Italy.

Hyppolite con sua mamma, in partenza da Bozoum
Hyppolite avec sa maman, au départ de Bozoum

le risaie
la rizière

il pollaio quasi finito
les travaux du poulailler sont presque terminés

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Quiet weeks!?!?!

Quiet weeks!?!?!
Should have been a quiet week ... the opposite instead happened.
Sunday we did celebrate here in the parish the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and twenty people got the Scapular, a small square brown fabric, a sign that recalls the consecration to Mary and the protection of the Virgin. On Monday we begin the training with CRS (Caritas in USA) for the microfinance project. On Tuesday I called the nuns working at Hospital in Bossemptele because Joseph, our mechanic-driver-handyman for over twenty years, is seriously ill. We had brought him there nearly two weeks ago, but after two surgeries his situation began worsening.  There is an intestinal blockage, with adherences and perhaps also some perforations due to a neglected appendicitis. It’s raining a lot, so I can only leave at 4.00 pm. After 2 hours and 87 km driving I arrive in Bossemptele, beginning to get ready for tomorrow travel, over 300 km, in order to reach the Hospital. Our sick friend is really weak. On Wednesday we wake up at 4.00 am, and after some last details we can finally leave at 5.35 am. The trip, despite 40 km of awful asphalt, with a lot of holes, is almost regular. Entering in Bangui unfortunately a truck, passing by, smashes a glass of our car! Around 9.00 am we are at the hospital where luckily we can find the staff and room where hospitalize Joseph. As I go for some errands, it happens to meet the Vatican delegation that has come to prepare for the visit of the Pope. They are here just for an initial inspection. Pope Francis should come to Bangui on November 29! I do the fill up of the car. Then I try to find the replacement part of the broken glass. It’s simply impossible. At 2.00 pm I leave toward the North. At 5.30 pm I'm in Bossemptele. There I leave the nursing sister who came with us, and around 7.00 pm I drive back to Baoro where I arrive a bit tired after being for 700 km on the road. On Thursday morning I leave for Bouar. The road is not paved, and a convoy of some hundred trucks is passing by. They travel escorted (just this last week there were attacks, kidnappings and killings on the road that goes to Cameroon ) and the highway code is not an optional ! On my way back I find a pair of them overturned. Meetings and visits, and in the evening I find myself at Yole, near Bouar. On Friday morning, before leaving, I go to have a look to the fields and farms of the Seminar. And I greet with pleasure my "grandchildren": calves, descendants of the first cows that I had bought, beginning the breeding in 1993, with the help of the Diocese of Cuneo. The remaining of the road is "normal". There are even some bridges repaired by an NGO, ACTED, and finally I arrive in Bozoum around 12.30 am. And so the "quiet week" has resulted in 1,100 km of driving! As for now, what really matters is that Joseph is being treated and is getting better! We are close to him with our thoughts and prayers.

camion in viaggio
un camion en route
lo stesso camion... rovesciato
le meme camion... renversé!