Tuesday, April 3, 2007

++Travel to the Unknown..++

Last stop Danane. We stay over for the night. The Hotel has been built in colonial times, in midst of giant Acacia trees, surrounded by a tropical garden.
The evening is quiet except for the sound of cicadas.
Never seen a tranquil place like this.
Morning brings us to the lush Orchid garden, surrounded by a mosaic clad pool. A wonder in a no-mans land.
A culinary surprise awaits us when we enter the breakfast room.
Croissants that could compete with the world's best, freshly baked by the old resident Pattissier who has seen history. He was trained by the French Masters and keeps up the tradition, long after his masters have left.

The Liberian rebels training camp is located a few miles from where we are. One can not feel the tension that surrounds this tranquil oasis of peace.

It is here where Charles Taylor has been re-located, financed, equipped and trained to lash out against his native country, Liberia.
What is more intriguing is the fact that Charles Taylor had been incarcerated in the U.S., and miraculously found his way out of an American jail into this part of the world.

Questions arise, who finances his operations. Who is to gain from a civil war that costs hundreds of thousands lives.
A no-haver, and most of all, American prisoner, suddenly has access to millions of $ to pay for  warfare.

..to be continued

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