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South Sudan Union for Refugees in Israel Exec Meeting

December 11th, 2008 No comments

AM: Executive members (Bol Mot Thirial – President, Kuc Manyang – Secretary General and Gordan Meen Maker – Secretary of Services) began to show up at Gabriel’s apartment for the meeting at the Jerusalem hostel. I was introduced and we began to discuss the issues at hand. Namely the new policy, one similar to the one affecting Tel Aviv, and that is that the Sudanese have been told to leave Eilat where precious few jobs could be found. The employers in Eilat have been told to fire the refugee workers and will be fined if they don’t.

PM: The executive meeting at the hostel began at 12:00 noon where three new attendees joined us (Mollie G, Steve, William Dot- Secretary of Finance). For the brief period that Mollie and Steve were there we discussed Simon Deng’s visit with Mollie in an attempt to set up a venue for Simon and Gabriel to speak at and Steve discussed the University volunteer program he is working on where University students would teach some classes on their particular discipline to the South Sudanese Refugee leadership. The bulk of the meeting was in Dinka but was later updated by Gabriel as to the subjects touched upon..

Arrive in Israel

December 10th, 2008 No comments

Long flight with a connection in DC and London. Finally arriving after about 18 hours travel time in Tel Aviv at about 7:00PM Israeli time. My luggage was the first off the conveyor and I made friend with an Israeli lady originally form Pennsylvania who showed me where the shuruts (small bus) outside the airport. The shurut was about 50 ILS to Gabriel’s apartment where a taxi would have been as much as 125-150 ILS. Gabriel answered the door and hugs and welcome ensued. I met some of his new roommates and Gabriel and I spent some time discussing the South Sudan Union for Refugees executive meeting to be held the following day at the Jerusalem hostel. Then off to bed for about 4 hours sleep as my body will take time to adjust to the new time schedule.

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