["So I was in a bit of trouble and I thought maybe I could talk my way through, however that didn't work out to well and they accused me of trying to bribe them."]
Saturday October 2nd
I had to clear my luggage and the boxes through customs and then re-enter again
for my flight to Freetown. It was a bit of an ordeal and this really nice guy
Mohamed helped me, he said he was one of the officials in the airport. He said even
though he had a job he was having a really hard time, his wife had just died and
he had six kids and one of them was really sick and needed a special operation.
Life is just so tough in Africa so the least I could do was give him the rest of
the money I had in my wallet it was only $50 US. He said that he also liked
reading to cheer him up and that If I had anything in French or English to read
it would help him out so I gave him a few magazines, I think he will appreciate
them more than the team in the field.
I arrived in Freetown about 5 hours ago, its a bit crazy they checked my boxes
and started to ask me about what is in the boxes, I said I didn't really know. Then
they looked for themselves and asked do you have all the paper work
for the satellite phone and the Codan radio. Then I remembered I was supposed to
go back to logistics yesterday at 2:00pm to pick up an important envelope that I
shouldn't forget that I would need for the boxes. So I was in a bit of trouble
and I thought maybe I could talk my way through, however that didn't work out to
well and they accused me of trying to bribe them. They eventually let me go, but
didn't let me through with any of the boxes and told me I had to report to
immigration on Monday with a representative of my organization to vouch for me.
I had missed the Helicopter into town, so had to take the last ferry across to
main wharf in Freetown, I hope that Hope thinks to pick me up from the wharf
instead of the Helipad.
Ok I am on the main wharf, the boat left a bit late after breaking down a few
times. I got talking to this guy
called Isah, who said I shouldn't travel through town at this time at night and
said that I could stay with him and his family and then could get me to the Hope
International office tomorrow, there is no sign of a Hope International Vehicle.
I am really thankful, without the help of Isah, I would be in real trouble.
Dave (me) Claudia