• Operation: Project South Sudan

    • In Response to: South Sudan
    • Location: South Sudan
    • Active: Feb 4, 2011 - Mar 2, 2011
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May 8, 2014 Team Sudan is intact, all gear and personnel accounted for with no incident in transit from 2/4 Rally Point (RP) Dulles, to 2/6 overnight en-transit destination.  U.S. Travel element met at the Washington's Dulles Marriott Suites.  Our was distributed and a rental car acquired for travel to secure maps from the Marine Corp. Much thanks Col. GI Wilson who… Read More »

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February 11, 2012 Series: 11-FEB-B-9 A SMOOTH AND SUCCESSFUL MAJOR OPERATION UNDER SPINAL ANESTHESIA—A FIRST-TIME EVENT FOR EACH PARTICIPANT, A THOROUGH ULTRASOUND DEMO AND TEACHING PROGRAM, AND OUR FIRST TRIP TO BOR TO MEET AND GREET THE GOSS AND JONGLEI OFFICIALS AS JACOB HAS BEEN DIVERTED TO JUBA ONCE AGAIN TO FREE UP THE OBSTRUCTED DELIVERY OF OUR… Read More »

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TR Advisor Dr. Glenn Geelhoed talks Sudan on Fox News

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TR Article: Rival South Sudanese Cattle Culture Clashes as Threat to the “New State”

RIVAL SOUTH SUDANESE CATTLE CULTURE CLASHES AS THREAT TO THE “NEW STATE”: A COLLABORATIVE WAY OUT OF THE IMPASSE By Glenn Geelhoed For many observers at a distance, it would seem that the new not-yet-declared “nation-state” of the Republic of South Sudan’s problems are now behind it and a bright new future is already underway.… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed update regarding violence in South Sudan and the 2012 mission

1)The current violence is Murle/Nuer at a distance from our area, much like the Nuba Mountains recurrent warfare in armed struggles over the oil patch among tribes that have nothing to do with either Murle or Dinka. 2) Our Dinka/Peace Initiative has held ROCK SOLID and has been the ONLY thing in South Sudan's history… Read More »

The Satellite Sentinel Project for Southern Sudan

The Satellite Sentinel Project -- initiated by George Clooney -- combines satellite imagery analysis and field reports with Google's Map Maker technology to deter the resumption of war between North and South Sudan. The project provides an early warning system to deter mass atrocities by focusing world attention and generating rapid responses on human rights… Read More »

‘We Are The Ones’ Movie Teaser

We Are The Ones During the Second Sudanese Civil War, nearly two million people were killed in what proved to be one of the longest and deadliest wars of the 20th century. In the aftermath of the brutality, the population of South Sudan was left with a shattered infrastructure: a struggling government, few schools, and… Read More »

America Abroad Media: Splitting Sudan

Program Overview * Hosts: Deborah Amos * Length: 51 minutes * Original Airdate: Dec 2010 Sudan has been at war with itself for decades. Arab Muslims in the north have long dominated Christian and animist Africans in the south. But, in a referendum scheduled for January 2011, southerners are expected to vote for separation. And… Read More »

Just How Bad is Sudan’s Health Situation?

From the WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy for WHO and Sudan 2008-2013   A mother giving birth today ... has a 3% chance of dying in labor has a 10.2% chance that her child will not survive A child born in South Sudan today... has a 25% chance of dying before the age of 5 has… Read More »

Team Rubicon’s Dr. Glenn Geelhoed to be featured in upcoming Sudan documentary We Are The Ones

Dr. Glenn Geelhoed is leading TR to the Sudan in early 2011 to deliver on his medical peace initiative between the Dinka and the Murle tribes. A documentary about his medical peace initiative called We Are The Ones is set to be released soon. During the Second Sudanese Civil War, nearly two million people were… Read More »

Sudan’s Shaky Peace from National Geographic

A Shaky Peace: The scars and hopes of a boy named Logocho mirror his land. National Geographic By Matthew Teague Photograph by George Steinmetz One day some years ago, before the latest civil war began in earnest, a Sudanese boy named Logocho peeked into the entry of his family's grass hut. His father sprang out… Read More »

Field Reports

Team Sudan Situation Report

Team Sudan is intact, all gear and personnel accounted for with no incident in transit from 2/4 Rally Point (RP) Dulles, to 2/6 overnight en-transit destination.  U.S. Travel element met at the Washington's Dulles Marriott Suites.  Our was distributed and a rental car acquired for travel to secure maps from the Marine Corp. Much thanks Col. GI Wilson who… Read More »

South Sudan After Action Report

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Operation: Project South Sudan

Project South Sudan PDF EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In February 2011, Team Rubicon’s (TR) Dr. Glenn Geelhoed led a medical/surgical training mission to the Memorial Christian Hospital (MCH) in the town of Werkok, in the Jonglei province of South Sudan.  This area is populated by the Dinka tribe, one of the three dominant tribes in South Sudan… Read More »

Dr. Sutter update about work done in Pibor South, Sudan

"Thank you so much for the treatment you did to our people here. All those who have been operated are fine. Not any complications. The rest of the patients who are supposed to travel to Werkok are ready." This is exciting!  Reverend Orozu reports that our operative patients are doing well, and other surgical candidates… Read More »

Message from Dr. Ajak, Chief Medical Officer of Werkok Hospital, South Sudan

Dear Drs. Glenn, John and Team Rubicon, I would like to transmit our thankfulness for Job well done in Werkok and Pibor for the last 2 weeks. Werkok community, patients and the trainees from Panyagor, Duk Payual and Werkok who demonstrated their interest in learning new skills in several areas under the instruction of Dr.… Read More »

CAR Portion for TR Sudan Deployment Canceled

The back end mission to Central African Republic was aborted by TR Sudan due to last minute problems getting clearance for Team Rubicon's Cessna 208 into Zemio. An unusual (and so far unexplained) glitch in the AIM air system caused the team to sit idle for 6 days at a Ugandan Army base called Nzara.… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed updates via email

Wonderful! --nearly passing all descriptions of the superb ending of our "Flightseeing" Super Safari! It came after the only disappointment of the entire Circumnavigation-11 missions' series, with all of us covered with permits to enter and stay in CAR were not able to enter because there was an interval in the six months' renewal permit… Read More »

Q & A with Dr. Glenn Geelhoed, Team Leader for Project Sudan (Part 2)

Q) I am an assistant professor at Utah State University who works in Africa, namely the DRC, Uganda, and South Sudan. I recently came across a flyer about your work with the Murle and the infertility issue in Pibor County South Sudan and I would love to hear more about the work your organization is… Read More »

Q & A with Dr. Glenn Geelhoed, Team Leader for Project Sudan (Part 1)

Q) What are the causes of the infertility among the Dinka and the Murle, and what can be done about it? A) PID is number one--untreated pelvic inflammatory diseases, which scar the tubes at an early age. Without treatment of the earlier manageable stages of STD's (and their clinic has been bombed away decades ago… Read More »

Reflections

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 11 Feb 2011

Series: 11-FEB-B-9 A SMOOTH AND SUCCESSFUL MAJOR OPERATION UNDER SPINAL ANESTHESIA—A FIRST-TIME EVENT FOR EACH PARTICIPANT, A THOROUGH ULTRASOUND DEMO AND TEACHING PROGRAM, AND OUR FIRST TRIP TO BOR TO MEET AND GREET THE GOSS AND JONGLEI OFFICIALS AS JACOB HAS BEEN DIVERTED TO JUBA ONCE AGAIN TO FREE UP THE OBSTRUCTED DELIVERY OF OUR… Read More »

What can I say about Team Rubicon thus far in the last six months that I have been a member? What do you want to hear as a prospective volunteer or donor? To start, my name is Kirtus Creiglow and I live and work in Sacramento, California as a firefighter paramedic. In my profession, as… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 26 Feb 2011

Series: 11-FEB-D-8 COULD IT BE WORSE? WE GET THE GOOD NEWS THAT THE PRESIDENT AND MINISTRY IN BANGUI FINALLY GIVE VERBAL APPROVAL TO OUR AIM AIR FLIGHT INTO ZEMIO, BUT IN THE AFTERMATH OF LAST WEEK’S ELECTIONS AND AN INCOMPLETE CABINET APPOINTMENT, AND AT WORK WEEK’S END, NO PAPER IS TYPED AND SIGNED PERMITTING OUR… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 25 Feb 2011 (warning: frustrating read, you probably want to skip ahead)

Series: 11-FEB-D-7 ANOTHER DAY OF WAITING AS WE MOBILIZE EARLY TO ARRIVE AT NZARA FOR NEAR-EMPTY UDPF MI-8 CHOPPER FLIGHT TO OBO AIR STRIP AND MISSION STATION BUILT BY RUSS MILLER, SCOTT’S FATHER-IN-LAW, AS EVERY BIG ORGANIZATION (UDPF, UN, MSF, CAR GOVERNMENT) TEMPORIZES AS FIFTH DAY DELAY OF REFUGEES ALL ORGANIZATIONS’ CONSTITUENCIES February 25, 2011… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 24 Feb 2011 (part 1)

Series: 11-FEB-D-5 AN EARLY START ON A LONGER WAIT IN YAMBIO AT THE NAIVASHA HOTEL WITH THE GOVERNOR OF WEST EQUATORIA AT BREAKFAST, AS WE AWAIT THE UDPF AND A FLIGHT TO OBO WHERE WE HOPE TO END UP AFTER OUR THREE DAY WAIT TO GET INTO CAR AS JON WAITS WITH THE CARAVAN TO… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 24 Feb 2011 (part 2)

Series: 11-FEB-D-6 BACK TO THE UGANDAN UDPF AIR BASE AT NZARA AFTER A WALKING TOUR OF THE VIBRANT MARKET OF YAMBIO IN AWAITING THE UPDF AIR FORCE AND A POTENTIAL LIFT TO OBO February 24, 2011 It may be prejudicial to have this alleged “paramilitary Christian organization” seen in the encampment of the Ugandan UDPF… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 23 Feb 2011 (part 1) – Response to MSF criticism

Series: 11-FEB-D-3 OUR TAKEOFF DAY AFTER A FULL DAY AND TWO NIGHTS IN WERKOK TO START UP OUR DELAYED MISSION TO CONGOLESE REFUGEES IN CAR February 23, 2011 We are still at Werkok. The plan is to take off and get closer to CAR and gather up the calls and permits the closer we get… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 23 Feb 2011 (part 2)

Series: 11-FEB-D-4 AN INCREDIBLE STAGGER START TOWARD CAR, WITH THIS TEXT BEGUN IN AN UDPF CAMP, AS I AM HOSTED BY THE AFRICAN FORCE IN PURSUIT OF THE LRA JOSEPH KONY IN HIDING IN THIS TROPICAL BUSH, AS I HAVE HAD LUNCH WITH COMMANDANTE STEFANO AND BETWEEN AN MER-8 AND AN AN-2—THE FORTY FOUR YEAR… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 22 Feb 2011

Series: 11-FEB-D-2 OUR OVERNIGHT UNSCHEDULED STOP AT WERKOK MCH AS WE AWAIT THE PERMISSION TO FLY DIRECTLY INTO ZEMIO FROM OUR RE-FUELING STOPS IN RUMBECK TO DELAY OUR ARRIVAL IN CAR FEBRUARY 22, 2011 Good morning from the familiar and comfortable setting of MCH in Werkok! We slept out in the open in our bug… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 21 Feb 2011

Series: 11-FEB-C-6 OUR LAST DAY IN THE PIBOR AREA AS WE EVALUATE THE POTENTIAL FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF THE LAKANGA CLINIC AND HOSPITAL AS WE RETURN OUR POST-OP PATIENTS AND THE FINAL DAY’S LOAD OF OUTPATIENTS BEFORE GETTING ON THE OUTBOUND PLANE FOR THE LONG TRANSFER TO THE FINAL STAGES OF OUR AFRICAN EXPEDITION IN CAR… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 20 Feb 2011 (part 1)

Series: 11-FEB-C-4 THE NIGHT OF THE “WAYMOOL” AS SAHARA WINDS BLOW DOWN AND DESSICATE ALL MOISTURE, THEN TURN AND RAIN ON THE PAN ROOF; WE HAD AN EVENING OF SCORPION STOMPING AT OUR DOOR, AND A STROLL WITH REV ORUZU IN TALKING OF THE TRANSFORMATION EFFORTS TO TEACH AGRONOMY TO PASTORALISTS TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 20 Feb 2011 (part 2)

Series: 11-FEB-C-5 ANOTHER OVERFULL DAY IN PIBOR BEGINS WITH OUR VISIT TO THE PIBOR CHURCH WHERE WE ARE INTRODUCED BY THE FIRST MURLE TO HAVE EVER VISITED AMERICA, AND BEHIND US SITS AN ELDER IN THE COMMUNITY CHURCH WHO IS THE FIRST PERSON TO HAVE EVER BEEN OPERATED IN PIBOR, WITH A THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 19 Feb 2011

Series: 11-FEB-C-3 OUR FULL DAY IN PIBOR WITH THE MURLE IN OUR CLINICAL REVIEW OF THEIR PROBLEMS AND ATTEMPTS TO ADDRESS THEM IN HALF A THOUSAND OUTPATIENTS “UNDER A TREE” IN OUR “MOBILE CLINIC” TRYING TO STAY IN THE NEME TREE’S SHADE, AND THEN SET UP A SURGICAL SUITE IN OUR SLEEPING QUARTERS February 19,… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 18 Feb 2011: MSF Obstructionism

*NOTE: 17-FEB-C-1 INDEX to the FEB-C-Series on TR's mission to South Sudan can be found here. Series: 11-FEB-C-2 DEPARTING WERKOK/BOR, MIS-GIVINGS ON SECURITY ASIDE, AS OUR TEAM DROPS OFF THREE OF OUR MEMBERS AND FLIES FORWARD WITH OUR SUDANESE ASSISTANTS TO HAVE THE “OWNERSHIP” OF OUR PEACE OVERTURE BE AN ALL-INDIGENOUS AND ONGOING CONSTRUCTIVE DEVELOPMENT… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 16 Feb 2011

Series: 11-FEB-B-16 OUR BOR COURT DATE FOR APPEARANCE IN SUPPORT FOR THE CASE OF AJAK’S RESTORATION OF ALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS’ CATTLE WEALTH ABSCONDED IN HIS BETROTHAL BID FOR TABITHA IN THE BIG WEDDING RECEPTION LAST YEAR February 16, 2011 My Room #23 in the brand new section of the Freedom Hotel has a door… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 15 Feb 2011 (part 1)

Series: 11-FEB-B-14 ANOTHER BIG DAY: BEGINNING IN CLINIC AND OR AT MCH AND THEN A FIELD TRIP TO BOR TO VISIT THE JONGLEI GOVERNOR, AND THEN A REAL FIELD TRIP TO A LEPER COLONY TO DRESS WOUNDS AND TO ATTRACT SUPPORT FOR THEM; THEN I DELEGATE THE DRILL ON TUTORIALS TO JOHN SUTTER FOR THE… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 14 Feb 2011 (part 1)

Series: 11-FEB-B-12 THE BEGINNING OF OUR FULL WORKING WEEK AT WERKOK WITH EVERYTHING BUT THE CONTAINER ACCOMPLISHED AS WE BEGIN WITH A MAJOR INTRABDOMINAL CASE—THE NOW OBSOLETE TERM “EX LAP” WITH U/S IMAGES IN PLACE OUR CLINICAL WORK WEEK START UP IS DISRUPTED BY A LETHAL RAID BY MURLE DACOITS ON THE SISTER OF A… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 14 Feb 2011 (part 2)

Series: 11-FEB-B-13 TURNING FROM THE DISTRACTIONS OF INTER-CLAN HOSTILITIES TO THE HEALTH CARE FOR WHICH OUR TEAM IS EQUIPPED TO TREAT, WE HAVE A FULL CLINIC AND THE OPERATING ROOM DELAYED FOR REACTION TO THE PRE-OP ANTIBIOTIC PROPHYLAXIS AS WE ARE INSERTING THE SPINAL ANESTHESIA, WONDER OF WONDERS! THE CONTAINER TRUCK ROLLS UP TO MCH… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 13 Feb 2011

Series: 11-FEB-B-11 SUNDAY, OUR DAY TO BEGIN THE FULL WEEK AT WERKOK WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SOME INTERESTING CASES FOR EXPLORATION FEBRUARY 13 2011 I met a fisherman who came to the pond that is dug out behind my cabin and was carrying two metal tipped spears, pointed but without barbs. He waded in to… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 12 Feb 2011

Series: 11-FEB-B-10 THE BIG EVENT: THE FIRST-EVER JONGLEI FREEDOM RUN ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2011, JUST AHEAD OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RESULTS OF THE REFERENDUM AND IN ORDER TO SET UP FOR A POTENTIAL ENTRY OF THE NEW STATE AS YET-TO-BE-ANNOUNCED INTO THE INTERNATIONAL SPORTING COMPETITIONS OF THE OLYMPICS: THE JONGLEI MARATHON; I CAME… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal index to FEB-B, FEB-C, and FEB-D Series on the TR mission to South Sudan

Series: 11-FEB-B-1 thru B-16 LAUNCH “INTO AFRICA” WITH THE LONG “MIDDLE THIRD” OF OUR GLOBAL PASSAGE FROM MANILA TO NAIROBI THROUGH DUBAI TO BEGIN THE SOUTH SUDAN MISSIONS SERIES 11-FEB-B-1 INDEX to the FEB-B-Series on the missions to South Sudan 2  Our long passage from Asia through the Middle East to into Africa as we launch… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 10 Feb 2011

Series: 11-FEB-B-8 A DAY BEGUN ON THE RUN AND BEGINNING TO OPERATE AS AJAK IS STILL HELD UP IN BOR WITH THE RESIDUAL OF THE FAILED AFFAIRS OF THE HEART AND CURRENT DEGENERATION INTO LEGAL BREACHES OF CONTRACT February 10, 2011 Two things noted on the run this morning—not the usual reportable events of wildlife… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 9 Feb 2011 (part 2)

Series: 11-FEB-B-7 THE BIG STORY: THE PERSONAL AS WELL AS POLITICAL CRISES IN CATTLE CULTURE CONFLICTS THAT HAD EMBROILED OUR GROOMED LEADER IN THE CLAN COMPETITION TAKES AN UGLIER TURN IN A STILL MORE INTENSE CRISIS WITH THE PROPOSED FATHER-IN-LAW'S FRAUDULENT DEFAULT OF THE CONCLUDED BUT UNCONSUMMATED MARRIAGE PROPOSAL OF BLOOD-LINKED CLANS, EACH IN PURSUIT… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 9 Feb 2011 (part 1)

Series: 11-FEB-B-6 A DAWN RUN THAT BRINGS OUT THREE OTHER OF OUR TEAM TO RUN AT WERKOK AS I AM STILL RESOLVING THE URI, A LONG EFFORT AT COMPLETING THE REPORTS OF THE MISSION IS COMPLETED, THEN MYSTICALLY DELETED, BEING LOST, AS WE ARE SWELTERING IN THE DRY SEASON SUN AWAITING THE ARRIVAL OF THE… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 8 Feb 2011

Series: 11-FEB-B-5 THE DAY BEGINS WITH MY PRE-DAWN RUN DESPITE A BAD URI ALONG THE DESERTED ROADWAY TO RETURN IN TIME FOR A MAJOR MEETING WITH ALL THE MCH STAFF AND THE FORMAL INTRODUCTION TO THE COMMUNITY WITH OUR FULFILLING THEIR PROMISE OF TWO ITEMS WE SEEK TO LEAVE BEHIND TO HELP THEM: THE CONTAINER… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 7 Feb 2011

Series: 11-FEB-B-4 THE DAY THAT BEGINS IN NAIROBI AND MOVES THROUGH WILSON FIELD AFTER A PHARMACY PICKUP AND A FLIGHT IN THE CESSNA 208 THROUGH LOKI TO ARRIVE IN WERKOK FOR A WELCOME SESSION AND A TOUR OF THE FACILITIES AS WE SETTLE IN AT WERKOK February 7, 2011 We have arrived!  We are settled… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 5-6 Feb 2011 (part 1)

Series: 11-FEB-B-2 THE LONG PASSAGE FROM ASIA THROUGH THE MIDDLE EAST TO INTO AFRICA AS WE LAUNCH THE SERIES OF SOUTH SUDAN MISSIONS INTO JONGLEI PROVINCE FROM NAIROBI/LOKI AND BOR/WERKOK, ORGANIZING OUR MED/SURG MISSION WITH OUR NAIROBI JOINERS TO START OUR HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM AMONG THE DINKA AND AWAIT THE ARRIVAL OF OUR CONTAINER OF… Read More »

Dr. Geelhoed journal entry 5-6 Feb 2011 (part 2)

Series: 11-FEB-B-3 ARRIVAL AT MAYFIELD GUEST HOUSE AS WE DECOMPRESS FROM GLOBAL FLIGHTS AND TRY TO RECONSTRUCT OUR LUGGAGE TRASHED IN TRANSIT BY SECURITY February 5-6, 2011 I am now in Mayfield Guest House and am trying to pick up the pieces of what is left to me that is left after the officious woman… Read More »

Dr. Glenn Geelhoed’s journal from his last trip to South Sudan in January 2010 (part 1)

Dr. Geelhoed's journal entries paint a bleak picture of the situation in South Sudan. But there is a silver lining. His medical peace initiative between the Murle and the Dinka has held since January 2010. The two tribes have upheld their end of the promise - to end cattle rustling, bride snatching, and never ending… Read More »

Dr. Glenn Geelhoed’s journal from his last trip to South Sudan in January 2010 (part 2)

These two journal entries were posted because they uniquely describe Dr Geelhoed's medical peace initiative and what's at stake in South Sudan. We encourage you to read them in their entirety. 10-JAN-A-15 I AM STARTING OFF ALOFT, IN TYPING FROM THE AIM AIR CARAVAN WHICH IS CARRYING ME AND THE EMISSARIES OF A PEACE OVERTURE… Read More »