Today a year ago, we flew from Juba, the capital city of Republic of South Sudan, to this green paradise called Yei. It was a pleasant 25 minutes flight with a small helicopter. I still remember how exciting we were when the National Security gave us a green light to on board. We were the first group that succeed after several attemps to fly within that month. We celebrated our first achievement as a group by taking our first 'wefie' inside the chopter because it was forbidden to take picture in the public. .
Later did I know, I saw my first cobra and black mamba in this paradise. Later did I know, I heard my first gun and cannon shootings in this paradise. .
Later did I know, these new colleagues has became more than a coworker to me as we lived together 24/7. We are more like a family than a team. We cooked, ate, laughed, cried (or almost cried) and exercised together.
Later did I know, I am so in love with my works, the people and this paradise, so I voluntarily extended my 6 months mission to 9 months mission. .
Later did I know, I learnt so much from this journey and forever be thankful.
Shouldn’t I just be happy I have food on the table and a roof over my head? So many people in the world would do anything for these things, but I used to complain everyday that I do not have enough.
Shouldn't I just be grateful I live in Indonesia where there is no war, I live peacefully and have my freedom? .
The things I take for granted, someone else is praying for.