This is my new website, and past time for my once-a-year update although I’m hoping (as usual) to write more consistently. If you subscribed to my previous blog, you’ll need to do it again here as I will be closing that one soon.
The big news is that after two years working at Virunga National Park in DR Congo, my job has ended and I will be looking for other work. If anyone has ideas, please let me know. My brother Steve told me once that I like to “reinvent” myself every couple of years. There is much truth in this. I’m not sure why, but I do enjoy change and trying new things. Not only do I often change countries I’m working in, I change careers as well…
…film location managing, humanitarian work, teaching, photojournalism, communications…
…California, Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Congo…
I’m looking forward to what is next but not in a rush.
I’ve been enjoying some leisure time in Kenya staying with my nephew and his family outside Nairobi and enjoying every minute of no-stress. Christmas here was spent with family which for me there is nothing better. I’ll be returning to Congo next week for a freelance photography/writing job, covering a story on Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) in Bunia. I will have the added pleasure of staying with my brother and his wife, Jon and Cher. After that I may go back to the US for a time.
- Although our rangers came under fire numerous times, we only lost three (11 were killed in 2011).
- Although the mountain gorilla sector came under the control of the rebels, no gorillas were killed that we know of, and 7 new babies were born among the 6 habituated groups.
- Although tourism income disappeared entirely, individuals and organizations came to the rescue to keep the park going.
The last two years have been an amazing adventure, one I’m incredibly grateful for.
Now on to a new one. I’m open to ideas.
(Thanks to Orlando for the use of his photos of the Goma war.)