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Not Exactly Home, But Good to Start i-ACT Expedition #16

i-ACT’s Gabriel Stuaring and James Thacher are in eastern Chad documenting the stories of Darfuri refugees. This trip, i-ACT #16, coincides with the 10th anniversary of the start of the genocide in Darfur and the more recent influx of 300,000 new refugees into the region.

This is not Southern California. As soon as we step out of the airplane, the 90-degree heat hits you, and it’s 9pm.

The days leading up to departure are always hectic, but there were many more unknowns for getting ready for the 16th trip than our first trips. We are now doing so much more, adding complexity and stress. The long (very long) Air France flight from LAX to Paris gives me some time to relax – and start missing my family.