Trapped in Tanzania
Above Photo – Women walking in downtown Dar es Salaam
The below article was written on my final, stressful visit to Tanzania, which was supposed to last three days but which turned into three weeks, as I tried to firefight on local problems impeding a flotation we were planning in London. I will be writing a frank account of our Tanzanian diamond mining (mis)adventure in the coming months.
I am writing this at 5.10am after waking up in my pitch-dark room in the Peacock Hotel in Dar es Salaam, the main city of Tanzania, as the mosques in the quiet city centre cranked up their calls to prayer.
Lying in bed, tired and disoriented, it took me some moments to realize where I was, and that I wasn’t waking up back home in Thailand.
Unfortunately I am not here on holiday, but on business, doing some hands-on deal management to try to stop something we have worked on for over two years from collapsing, which is a painful process, involving many complications.
I came here initially only for a few days but the visit has now stretched into two weeks, as I sit in offices trying to smile, as the delays drag on.
Usually I enjoy dealing with the challenges of doing business here, but this time there is too much at stake.
Business moodiness aside, I always love my time in Tanzania, and especially in Dar es Salaam, a surprising verdant, relaxed, friendly and safe African city, on the East African coast.
Alas, the relative luxury of living in this hotel is due to end today, as I have to fly to a remote, dusty town called Shinyanga, far out in the bush, for more meetings and some site visits to our mine sites around Lake Victoria, and I will report back with some photos, internet connections permitting, in the next few days.
See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.
For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:
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