Abba, our fixer, translator, driver and friend pulls over and creates a red dusty cloud as he stops the Land Rover on the sandy shoulder of the road. We are on our way back to the camp after meeting the Saharawian minister of Health. The sun is about to set and the desert is wrapped in beautiful orange light.
“What is the problem? Did you forget something in the ministry?” Abba looks confused.
“No, no”, we assure him.
“Don’t you see the camels over there?”
“Yes, but they are just ordinary camels”
“Exactly, ordinary camels are quite extraordinary for a Norwegian. Let’s go over to the shepherds and talk to them”
We get out of the car and start walking towards the coral where two young men are leading the last of their eight animals in behind the metal fence.
Abba has some business to attend to…
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