Hello family and friends and well-wishers!  This is my attempt at keeping in touch with you all while in the Democratic Republic of Congo (It’s taken me till end of July to get this blog up and running, though I managed to backdate the pieces).  It is my first UN peacekeeping mission – with MONUSCO – and I am working in Civil Affairs. It’s also my first time in sub-Saharan Africa (having spent the last 15 years working on/in the Middle East & North Africa) so it’s rather a big venture into the unknown. I’d love to hear news from you as and when.  Thank you for reading and miss you all!