Thursday, August 09, 2007


I came across this word by accident in the Collins French Dictionary in the middle of a very difficult first day back in the office. With uncharacteristic French conciseness it sums up my experience of working in Rwanda : “to get into a shambles”. As a Scot I would change “shambles” to “bourrach”. Finding it helped make the transition back to Rwandan pace and style of working a little easier, as if someone understood.

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