Friday, May 11, 2007

Frequent flyers
I'm still grappling with jetlag, trying to write my first blogs for AlertNet and process what I found out in Sri Lanka/Indonesia.
The weird thing about being there was that it was all kicking off in SL while I was there. I was awoken by the powercut the Friday night - the first night of the Tamil airraids. I had collapsed exhausted after the 12 hour journey back from Batticaloa and - with impeccable journalistic instincts at first though I was just perturbed because the fan in my room had stopped. It wasn't until later that I realised what had happened. Saturday night I flew on to Indonesia to find an airport surrounded by military, checkpoints and long queues. I only just made my 0005 flight; at least however the flight went out. The night after the airport was again closed at night, a pattern that is now becoming regular; in fact Reliefweb is reporting today that the airport will be closed at night for the foreseeable future.
It's been an extraordinary time. Here's Roland Buerk on the Tigers new tactics.

(Ironically....this made my journey home easier; I had to swap to a Malaysian Airline flight direct from KL to Heathrow rather than stopping off in Colombo.)


Anonymous said...

Glad you are back safe!

Glenda Cooper said...

thank you - I'm extremely glad to be back! How are you?