Today we rode in a tap tap to get our credentials for the UN news conference. The ride was especially bumpy...there are potholes the size of sinkholes everywhere you go and it's a free-for-all on the roads. It's like the 1970's movie Rollerball with neon colored Toyota trucks. You think you're gonna get smacked every five seconds and you're bouncing around in the back.
So.. after spending and hour and a half on what would take us 20 minutes in the Lehigh Valley, we finally made it to one of several UN complexes to get our credentials.
The sun was beating down, I could feel the pink of sunburn flushing on my arms. We walked around the complex looking for the media liaison for about 20 minutes and I was amazed. The complex was so huge, it was a city all by itself. We ducked into a cafe with chattering journalists and NGO workers and saw that the special was a BBQ sandwich. We finally found our liaison and got our credentials. Wow.. UN credentials. I can't wait to go to the news conference. I doubt anything they have to say will impact the Lehigh Valley...but I do know that many of the people from the Lehigh Valley I have talked to say they have some questions for the UN. Questions about what the agency has been doing to help Haiti since it got here. We should get some answers soon...the UN plans to release its progress report at the news conference.