Befale, July 18, 2003

In June 2002, when the MONUC first came to Befale (a city of over ten thousand people in Equateur province) to set up a Team Site, the helicopter blew off the roof of a school.  The rains then finished the job and more than one hundred and twenty pupils were left without class rooms.

A little over a year later, work has begun to build a new school with local labor and UN financing.  Team Leader Lieutenant Colonel Mohamadou Baraze (Niger) says the work should be finished by the end of the month.

Although the laborers share Lt. Col. Baraze’s enthusiasm, they do not share his optimism.  They fear they will not have finished by the beginning of the school year on September second.  They also say $3,700 will not be enough.

The new school building will have five class rooms and an office.  Lt. Col. Baraze says he is also looking for financing to rehabilitate the school latrines.



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