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African dream turns into nightmarish flight to safety

Staff writer, with CNA

The two, along with the motorcycle driver, got on their way as soon as the tire was fixed.

They did not get to Awei until 7pm and had to wait for a flight the following day.

When they finally got to the airport, they discovered it consisted of only a few chairs in a shed with a plastic sheet for a roof. The runway was simply an open piece of land.

At 4pm, they boarded a small propeller plane bound for Kenya, where they caught a flight back to Taiwan, arriving just before Christmas.

Both Hsu and Fan were relieved to be home, but described their adventure as an unforgettable experience.

As they were unable to receive any news or information until they reached Kenya, Fan said they did not realize how much danger they were in during the 30 hours prior to catching the plane.

However, the two checkpoints guarded by armed men that they had to pass through on their journey did create some tense moments, Fan said.

Asked whether they would return to South Sudan, both answered in the affirmative, without hesitation.

“Our work there is not finished, after all,” they said.

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