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The whole visit was incredibly powerful and compelling for me, but what really hit home was what I tried to capture with the last photo: a large group of people waiting at the gate of the UNHCR refugee registration center, where once they are identified and registered, are eligible for a little plot of land, tarps and sticks for a shelter, and a UN refugee card that enables them to access 2,500 calories of food a day, per person in their family. And each day, more people cross the borders of Somalia and Sudan, then walk across 75km of desert to get here. So it was happening right in front of my eyes...very powerful image...

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 06:14:02 AM EST
Bob, I wonder if you picked a 'bad' timing for posting this diary, with many of the regulars on their way to Paris. :-)
by Fran on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 07:17:26 AM EST
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Never a bad time.  Great diary.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 07:30:29 AM EST
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Oh well, I can refer people to it!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 07:35:58 AM EST
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Fantastic diary Bob, thanks.  It must be a hard hitting experience to actually see this.  We see the words referring to thousands of refugees fleeing violence, so often. It becomes words without much meaning to us. So to be there and see the volume of people, to gain insight into their experiences is incredible. Thanks for sharing it.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 18th, 2008 at 07:58:34 AM EST
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