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Free French and Moland!

Historien om et toalett

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Frustrasjonene er mange i dette landet. Jeg er faktisk nå så sliten av varme, mangel på strøm, støy og andre daglige frustrasjoner at jeg ikke tror jeg orker å gjøre noe mer over de to neste ukene annet enn fengselsbesøket og det som hører til rundt det.

I julen hadde jeg ikke vann i to og en halv uke (men fikk da bo i leiligheten til en nordmann som var på ferie). Det ble lagt inn en ny ledning så nå er det hvert fall mer trykk på vannet så det går fort å fylle vann i bøtter når det er vann. Så har det vært masser av tull med strømmen. Den er nå mer stabil men jeg må regne med at den blir borte hvertfall to ganger pr dag. Nå har strømmen til gjestehuset vært borte i over 14 timer, men jeg har heldigvis disse timene hatt strømmen som kommer fra et supermarked og som går til PC, en aircondition og kjøleskap og en ladbar lampe fra Ikea. tillegg er det alltid mer og mindre støy som sliter veldig på nå. Denne type støy har Tjostolv før han døde og Joshua levd med i åresvis.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 19:20

Cakes and other goodies

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Yesterday Joshua celebrated his birthday. He turns 33 years old and I remember the joy it was to hold him in my arms for the first time. Now he has celebrated another birthday in prison. March and April are the warmest months here in Kinshasa. It said 35 degrees Celsius in a big “board” that shows time, date and degrees that I drive by every day. I can’t measure how warm it is in the cell but there have to be at least 40 degrees. Before I went to the prison I was at a coffee morning at the International Women’s Club and I got some good cakes for Joshua. I also have some goodies from Norway at home, like chocolate and other goodies. I also bought several types of dinners from the Lebanese. I also got permission to bring cake to Joshua’s inmates to mark the day even more. (I also had to bring cake to the administration). The cakes I bought for New Year are shaped as bread and are filled with raisins and I bought those again. They keep well in the heat. The inmates said they wanted to sing him the birthday-song. I care about many of Joshua’s inmates and I feel it’s mutual. When Joshua is finished reading a magazine or a newspaper from Norway (no matter how old they are) I often pass them on to his inmates. One of them learned some Norwegian from Joshua, and its fun to watch him read some of the Norwegian newspaper. They also like pictures here, and they look at the pictures in the papers and magazines.

Kari Hilde Easter 2015

(the picture is from the parish’s Easter-breakfast 2015)

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 11:09

Joshua’s birthday and some more

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On April 7th Joshua turns 33 years old. He has been in prison almost 6 years. I think Easter is the nicest holiday in the Christian calendar, and I also like Easter because Joshua was born in the Easter-week in 1982. March has been very warm and it will also be warm in April. It’s suffering for the prisoners to be locked up in those small cells with no wind and proper ventilation. There has been a severe smell of sewer some of the days I’ve been there.
It seems like the new justice minister wants to do something about the overfilled prisons. It’s possible that prisoners with tuberculosis and those with good behavior can get out eventually. A few days ago when I was at the prison - I walk pass the infirmary every day – I saw that there were new beds there. I walked in and in the small room where there used to be two beds there are now five and all five are new with the plastic still on. (It’s here Joshua was on the floor on a mattress). There was no room to move here anymore. Suddenly I heard someone say my name, and there was one of my friends, one of Joshua’s inmates. He sat on one of the new beds with another prisoner (They often have to share a bed).

A few days ago there was a lot of activity under one of the tent-roofs. Some very large cookware and a group of women were there on some wooden benches. There were also some men there who led what turned out to be a delegation that brought food to the prisoners. I think they were from a Catholic parish. It’s nice to see that people show concern for others.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 11:12

The last three days in prison

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The day before yesterday there were lots of people in the prison when I arrived. They were there for a trial, including Congolese press. It turned out that the trial was for whom Tjostolv and Joshua called the “general”. Today he was gone. The “General” was a political prisoner and the leader of an opposition party. I’ve mentioned him before, but not said much more about him. He had his own place to sit on one wall of the infirmary. He had some kind of tarpaulin as a roof and he always sat on his plastic chair with a small table beside him. There were three wooden benches where there were sitting visitors all the time. They had prayer meetings there some times as well. He was acquitted. I always said hello when I passed him and I felt some remorse that he didn’t sit at his usual spot today. But what a good day for him!
Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 11:07

Electricity, water and noise

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I have two power sources in my small apartment with two dark rooms with no draft. One is the same as the rest of the guesthouses have that runs the fans in the ceiling and light bulbs. The other power source comes from a small supermarket close by and runs my only air conditioner, refrigerator, stove and computer. If the power to the guesthouse goes out I still had the electricity from the supermarket so I don’t croak completely. But now we’ve had some terribly hot days and both sources of electricity have been gone for hours or all day. The refrigerator has been filled with water several times and the new air conditioner haven’t worked most of the time. A practical missionary and an electric have worked and worked. For two days we actually had electricity all day, even when there was a terrible rain storm with lots of thunder and lightning. With electricity there is also water in the shower and I can fill my buckets. Yesterday was the warmest day I’ve experienced here, until the rain storm. Today the air condition has not worked and it’s difficult to get help. I feel sick at times from the heat when I can’t cool down and I can’t spend all day at a supermarket with air condition either!! The practical life has its challenges that take time. I did some laundry at some friend’s house. The rest I do by hand. It takes time to bring and collect as well. You can imagine for yourselves how it gets in Joshua’s warm cell. It said 38 degrees Celsius on a large monitor yesterday until the rain started. The weather websites in Norway are often wrong about the degrees here. There can be 7-10 degrees difference both ways. A headlight is the most useful thing I brought from Norway. I use it every night. I make sure I boil water on thermoses so that Joshua and I can make coffee or tea even if there is no electricity.  

mamma kjokkenkopi

(the picture is from the fall of 2014) 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 19:53
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Compensation Account

Account number: 2938.12.59410

(Norwegian account)


Støttekonto Joshua
(Landkreditt bank) 

Støttekonto Tjostolv
(Vegårshei Sparebank) 

Støttekonto "Velferdsprosjekt Ndolo"
(Landkreditt Bank)

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