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May 21st 2010
Published: May 21st 2010
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First I must apologize, I put all the pictures for my last entry in the wrong date entry and have not figured out how to move them.

As Previously mentioned Julud is located in the Nuba Mountains. One of the first things I asked when I arrived here was if it was safe to climb the mountains. As it was area of intense fighting during the war my concern was potential Landmines and UXO's. The immediate answer I got was that the mountains were considered to be mined, but nobody was able to clarify if they were all mined or just a few of the more accessable mountians. When questioned further as to where this info could be found nobody was to sure it had just been passed on by someone else. When I saw the mine maps and cleared areas it seemed to me that there were only a few specific areas that had been confirmed as a threat. So of course not willing to give up but still wanting to confirm for safety reasons, I started asking some of the locals who I figured would have the most accurate info. One of the language assistants Mr. Captain (thats his name not a rank) suggesed I talk with a local empoyee Awadalla, who conveniently speaks some english. It just so happens that he lives at the base of one of the closer mountains and also fought in the area with the SPLA during the war, I figured he probably knew what he was talking about. He said that although some of the mountains had mine risks there were many that were safe and he offered to take me as my guide. It was not see easy to convince my UNMO collegues so I decided to go on my own with Awadalla.

I will publish the entry now to get the pics up but I still have more to add....

We agreed upon Friday morning at 0630 (in order to beat the heat)


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24th May 2010

Hey Steven very cool pics, think of you often love Mum

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