I was on a plane from Vancouver to Juba within hours of receiving the call. I was getting married in 3 weeks but I had an understanding man.
My colleagues had set it all up for me. I was imediately greeted once I got off the plane in Juba by the Government of South Sudan, ushered into the VIP lounge where I met Dr. Riek Machar (Chief Mediator and Vice President of South Sudan) and then onto an anotov, those russian planes that sudan likes to eat for breakfast. We arrived in Maridi to join the delegates who'd been waiting for Machar before proceeding to the meeting point.
A convoy of about 60 set off around 6:30 pm to travel the treacherous roads to Nabanga, a meeting point close to the Congo border. The last jeep arrived, after getting stuck in the mud of this rain forest region 13 hours later. It was an SPLA (Sudanese People's Liberation Army) military outpost that would be home for the next six days as we anticipated meeting the world's most wanted.