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Carl Conradi

Fellow 2008-2009

blogs by Carl Conradi

Bukaru, Democratic Republic of Congo, 05/21-06/06/09

Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo – 06/06/09             I never thought I’d say it, but I think I’m actually starting to get the hang of life in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  True, the cultural and political dynamics of the place are as vexing and inaccessible as ever, but I’ve finally begun to feel confident

Bukaru, Democratic Republic of Congo, 04/26-05/20/09

Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo – 05/20/09             Wow.  What a different four weeks can make.  When I first arrived in Bukavu, I was in the dumps; I felt unmotivated, caged and homesick.  Now, about halfway into my placement here in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and with only five weeks left in my

Bukaru, Democratic replublic of Congo, 04/07-04/25/09

Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo – 04/25/09             A warning: this will likely be the most pessimistic of all my Fellowship journal entries.  This isn’t to suggest that the past two weeks have been filled with cataclysm; on the contrary, I’ve found my new office to be a friendly and motivating place to work, and

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 03/19-04/07/09

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 04/07/09              I began my last journal entry with the phrase, “…one of the most important lessons [I have learned over the course of this Fellowship] has concerned perserverence and patience; with enough of each, everything will turn out beautifully.”  Looking back on this statement, I can’t help but laugh; it

The Hague, Netherlands 02/26-03/18/09

The Hague, Netherlands – 03/18/09             Though I’ve learned a great many things over the course of the past nine months, one of the most important lessons concerns perseverance and patience: with enough of each, everything in life will turn out beautifully. Nighttime Amsterdam, Netherlands             I’m currently sitting in Eetcafé Sise, a Turkish bar

The Hague, Netherlands 01/20-02/25/09

It feels like an eternity since I last wrote and I suppose it really has been.  My last entry detailed the confirmation of charges against Jean-Pierre Bemba, yet this event seems almost a world away.  So much has happened since then.  So much, in fact, that it might be useful for me to number my

The Hague, Netherlands 01/08-01/19/09

The Hague, Netherlands – 01/19/09 It’s been over three weeks since I returned to Den Haag from St. Moritz and I’ve really started to feel at home in my new digs.  This sense of comfort and place has been partially drawn from my recent experience of Dutch art, which seems to have been a recurring

Hargeysa, Somaliland-November 2008, Part II

Hargeysa, Somaliland – 11/20/08 (Part II) Here’s a photo that alludes to what things have been like since returning to Hargeysa from Berbera: According to my friend Jakob, who has worked in Hargeysa with the Swiss NGO Caritas for the past two years and who lives in the same compound as me, the political and

Hargeysa, Somaliland-November 2008, Part I

Hargeysa, Somaliland – 11/20/08 (Part I) I am beginning this entry on November 18th, just a few hours after having completed my final facilitation in Somaliland.  I am euphoric.  I just finished uploading the photographs that were taken during the day and strangely enough, I have been reminded of Julia Gegenheimer.  It was a photo

Hargeysa, Somaliland Part I

Hargeysa, Somaliland – 11/20/08 (Part I) I am beginning this entry on November 18th, just a few hours after having completed my final facilitation in Somaliland.  I am euphoric.  I just finished uploading the photographs that were taken during the day and strangely enough, I have been reminded of Julia Gegenheimer.  It was a photo

Hargeysa, Somaliland-10/26/2008

Hargeysa, Somaliland – 10/26/08             As I type these words, I am sitting in the Academy for Peace and Development’s cozy mefrishe, drawing long twigs of qat out of a plastic bag, plucking the softest leaves from their stems, and folding them into tiny balls which I place on the tip of my tongue.  I

Hargeysa, Somaliland

Welcome to Somalia: the world’s most comprehensively collapsed state! Though this assertion by the International Crisis Group…

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