A Gator in Dar Es Salaam

"Ex Africa semper aliquid novi - Out of Africa always something new" -Pliny the Elder

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Camille Bouquet

Tuesday afternoon my friend Camille and her mother and father were in a bad car accident outside of Arusha in northern Tanzania. I spent Christmas weekend with them and had Christmas dinner with them. We rode the ferry back to Dar es Salaam together on monday morning. Camille was taken to Arusha hospital and then transferred to the hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. She has been unconscious and is on life support. We have been dealing with no absolutes and cannot really get in touch with who we need to. The US Embassy has failed the students here on a level hard to explain. Im not sure what they do but they are no help and as far as I am concerned can go straight back to the US because they arent helping us and are certainly not helping Tanzanians, so they dont actually do anything. That has been very disconcerting and I have been disapointed in my country and how they help their citizens.

Camille's mother broke her leg and pelvis but came through surgery ok. Her father hurt his back but can make the decisions that need to be made. They have taken her off life support and she will pass away sometime today. Camille is 20 years old and a student at Barnard in NYC. Shes a hilarious person. Mercer was her best friend and she cannot handle any of this. I suppose Im kind of in charge of things for everyone here, which is good because it keeps me occupied. I guess just keep Camille and her family in your thoughts and prayers, thanks.