The prepper in me is always thinking about what would happen if the power went out. I’m not sure it’s all that different, really – the basics are the same: food water, shelter, and security. The difference between survival prep in Africa vs USA is how you get those basic items. In Africa, there’s a lot of hunting and foraging to be done while in America we have grocery stores stocked with everything from canned beans to fresh produce. That being said, there are some things that might make life a little easier on your end here at home: -Huge quantities of water (think gallons) -Canned goods or other staples like rice or beans -Medical supplies like antibiotics or painkillers
1. How difficult is it to source or afford materials in Africa?
2. What major ‘rules’ did you have to follow when prepping from 3,000 miles away?
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3. What was the most helpful thing you learned about surviving off-grid?
4. What can Americans learn from Africans about prepping and survival skills?
It is a precarious time that we live in. We all depend on many different things to function and operate smoothly, but are also aware of the fragility for these structures. For example, when someone flips on their switch at home they expect power will be there – even if it’s an old house with no breaker box or fuse-box to protect from being overloaded by too much electricity flow through one wire circuit; what happens though when this turns off? The result could potentially cause fires because people think nothing may happen as long as you don’t flip them both again (which can overload more circuits). These small breakdowns bring uncertainty into our daily lives that were not present before due to how used we have become accustomed living secure lifestyles without worry about anything
The harsh reality of what it’s like to live in Africa. It doesn’t seem real, but for people who have grown up there, they know the truth about life under a dictator regime: uncertainty is all you can count on and freedom means nothing if your family isn’t safe or fed. Preparation before coming here would be different than preparing back home because we may not get clean water at will or electricity that works when needed most often days so prepare now by praying more regularly with our families and giving generously to those around us – both are good practices no matter where we go!
Every day we loaded our worn-out Nissan 4X4 truck with 80 pounds of frozen chicken parts, 150 pounds of rice and 50 pounds of beans. We drove as quickly as we could through the potholed streets to three schools around Bata – where over two hundred hungry kids would be waiting for us each day. With supervisors on hand at every school that cooked from the food ̶ it was made sure nothing went missing before reaching those mouths!
As the sun set on Guinean women’s homes, they would cook over an open gas flame that not only added to their already oppressive heat but also sickened me and Keidy one night. We were both weak and feverish while I was astonished at how resiliently resistant she seemed for most of her life in this part of the world with so many diseases constantly attacking you.
I slowly felt my strength coming back, but I was still a little too weak to make it home. It was time for me to take off on the most dangerous leg of this journey: traveling through malaria territory in order to get back north and see if some miracle could save what is left of my family business before we all starved or froze out here at the tip-top end of Minnesota’s wilderness.
In Africa, the weather is hot and humid. The heat reaches up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit daily with high levels of humidity that corrodes electronics in a short amount of time. There are mosquitoes infected with malaria and dengue fever who fly around every corner waiting for their next victim if you’re not prepared (or unlucky). It’s dangerous to walk outside during daylight hours because there isn’t any electricity or light other than solar power which only works at night so people will be stumbling through the streets like zombies while others get eaten alive by ants as they try to do work on computers infested with swarming insects crawling inside them; this is truly one brutal environment!
I took three months off from my life back home in America when I was
As Keidy’s condition grew more dire, I contacted our friends in Cuba with whom we had just completed a medical outreach. We used my new and expensive flashlight that needed to be smacked against the wall in order to bring it back from death – this one was an important life-saving tool for me now! The batteries were so thick on both ends of the light that they would not work without persistent persuasion. Luckily, once again there was no power at all and as soon as nightfall arrived everything became dark… but luckily when she rested her head down into bed next to me (as if nothing were wrong) her fever broke after all these days too which made us feel relieved because finally something seemed like it might turn out right
Keidy was in critical condition. She had a high fever, sweats, night delirium and disorientation. When the doctors came to visit her they confirmed that she was not getting better but worse by each day of being ill with no clear diagnosis on what it could be or how to treat it since there were so many different symptoms for common illnesses like malaria which Keidy said she didn’t have when asked if she ever traveled anywhere outside of New York City before becoming sicker than usual (Keidy denied any travel). They gave her an antibiotic cocktail as well as other anti-malaria medications because all these medicines are spread around at friends’ homes across NYC; this would help them find the right one quicker until we found something else more
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I prayed as I drove through the confusing web of back streets with Dr. William in search for a generator to restore power and light to my hospital that was currently without any electricity or functioning lights, only intermittent ones from candles and kerosene lanterns. As we crawled along at slow speed due to all the people who would suddenly pop out of nowhere into our headlights, there were moments when it felt like they could catch me off guard if I wasn’t careful enough–but then again those same eyes revealed life-saving relief on their faces once they saw us coming towards them; survival is about relationships even after disaster strikes
I knew the moment I saw Keidy’s list of medications that we had a big problem on our hands. It was difficult to find any supplies in Equatorial Guinea, let alone all she needed for her condition and pregnancy. This meant my friends would have their work cut out for them as they drove into town looking through pharmacies with little hope but persistence nevertheless; you never know what might turn up if you look hard enough! The hospital rooms were sparsely decorated at best: stained walls, steel bed frames without mattresses and sheets– it felt more like a prison than an emergency care facility which is why getting medicines to those who need them quickly became so important (especially since there are few resources). As gas prices climb back home
Crossing the city we encountered none of our obstacles, but as soon as I reached my house and stepped on gravel underfoot in front of the door, it was clear that Keidy’s life would be put at greater risk if any had occurred.
Keidy was in a bad way when we found her, barely able to keep herself conscious. The diseases were working their evil on every part of Keidy’s body and the only thing that could save her from this fate would be an IV. After Dr William had administered it for over six hours straight he stopped just long enough to leave before returning home himself; all I wanted now was sleep but there wasn’t any time left at night so instead I resorted to using candles as my light source while playing doctor with nothing more than some basic supplies like high-end flashlights which are useless without batteries or power supply.
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One day, I finally saw Keidy’s eyes open and watched her take a few sips of water. The next morning she asked for some beans with rice as well as an IV drip from the herbs that were stocked in our medical kit at all times. That night was the first time we had slept together since before my son died.
Keidy opened up her eyes to see me there by her side; it seemed like weeks ago when she last looked into those green depths but it hadn’t even been two days yet! She grabbed onto my arm while drinking what little water I managed to filter out under these conditions – dirty lake or no-dirt river? Who knew anymore if they would provide us sustenance any longer than
Before the medications were making her hallucinate, Keidy found herself looking at a terrible reflection. She was losing weight and she could see it in how bad she looked on any given day- all gaunt and weak. But as time went by those effects wore off until one morning when there seemed to be some color returning to her cheeks; soon after starting up with jokes about how good she must look now that’s not thrown into despair every day from nightmares or hallucinations from medication side affects anymore. And so here we are 10 years down the road: I’m married to my best friend who has also grown back healthy skin over scars of malaria while our two kids get an education like none other thanks for women like Keidy!
In Africa, people are less reliant on their governments and systems because they expect them to break down. Each day is a challenge that provides no opportunity for complacency. Being prepared may be the difference between life or death as we see in many US households where street lights work without fail an item can always be found at the store when needed most. At home though, it’s easy to get lazy and assume tomorrow will bring more of today – but with everything stacked like cards this assumption could prove deadly!
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When disaster strikes, the light and power goes out. The XTorch is a handy tool to have in your backpack or cabinet for emergencies because it lasts so long on one charge that you can be prepared with backup lights when trouble comes knocking at your door.
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