Wednesday, April 14
Did my first cycle of the trip through Nairobi city centre as I needed to take Bjorn's bike down to the central train station 4 hours ahead of our train to Mombasa. Took a Matatsu back to the hostel and then a car to Wilson Airport where fortunately Bjorn's UN plane landed on time after spending a day at the Dadaab Refugee Camp on the Somali border.
After crawling through the notorious Nairobi rush hour traffic we managed to make it in time for our train to Mombasa.
Used planes, trains, cars, vans, minibuses and a bike to get through the day. Settled down to dinner on the overnight train where Bjorn told me about conditions in the refugee camp. Those that live there will probably never go home. There are 270,000 of them - 98% Somali. They can escape to the refugee camp, risk a boat to Yemen or, as IDPs (Internally displaced persons) take their gamble in the anarchy of Somalia.
Had a meeting with the Norwegian Refugee Council today. They talked us through the crisis in Somalia. There are now 3.2 million affected by the humanitarian crisis. The country is in a complete state of anarchy.
The people can try to escape by boat to Yemen or risk their lives to get to the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. Dadaab is the world's biggest refugee camp with 270,000 currently 'living' there.
It is 80km from the Kenya/Somalia border - a border that is officially closed.
Bjorn flies in there tomorrow. The NRC couldn't find me a place on the flight in because it is full with UN personnel and relief equipment. It would have been an amazing experience but understandably other people are needed there more than me.
Bjorn will be my eyes and ears...and yours