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Published: August 1st 2010
July has seen Murray visit Switzerland and North Sudan, here is a brief overview of both.
GENEVA - SWITZERLAND
"In July I travelled to Geneva for the global water and sanitation cluster meeting convened by UNICEF, where amongst other things we discussed and made plans for the continuing humanitarian response in Haiti.
Geneva is the home of Swiss watches, Swiss Chocolate, Americas Cup Team Alinghi, John Calvin and the Red Cross Movement, and between meetings I managed to sample the chocolate, tour the Old Town where John Calvin lived and works, and get out sailing on the lake."
KHARTOUM - NORTH SUDAN
"Later in July I travelled to Khartoum, North Sudan to present at the annual Water and Sanitation workshop for Tearfund staff and partners working in Darfur. This year the workshop was held in Khartoum, because of recent kidnappings and insecurity in Darfur has meant many of our staff have had to relocate to Khartoum. Khartoum, is at the confluence of the White and Blue Nile Rivers, and is the cross roads between Arabic North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. The historic ‘Hotel Grand’ where the workshop was held is famous for being a temporary home to
Winston Churchill during his African adventures, and sits strategically on the banks of the Blue Nile. We also visited the modern ‘Burj Al Fatah’ hotel next door, which is a miniture model of the seven star Burj Al Arad Hotel in Dubai, and provided a great view of the confluence of the White Nile which flows from Uganda and the Blue Nile which flows from Ethiopia."
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