Near Port Selao
Today was the first time I walked the town all morning and saw nothing but mercenaries. They’re patrolling the main street; they lean against cars idly chattering about nothing. Gone are the stranded citizens, those poor and destitute refugees left behind after the massive exodus back in May.
But this is nothing to celebrate. These people haven’t found a way out. Instead, they’re all holed up, in hiding. I’ve heard too many incidents of random violence against the locals. Just yesterday I met a man, his face and neck soaked in his own blood. He’d been beaten repeatedly by a small gang of mercenaries. They accused him of eavesdropping on their conversation as he walked by. His left ear was so badly battered, it looked as though a dog’s teeth had shredded it. He will most certainly never hear from that ear again.
His is but one story in a country of misery. And it’s for this that the many remaining citizens have started congregating together, hiding away from the contractors taking over the country.
I got an email today from Darren: The AU is planning to close the borders to anyone without travel papers. There’s a refugee crisis forming across the border. Sealing it may make their jobs easier, but it will surely cause panic and chaos inside this country.