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Somalia was the toughest country assignment in Africa, if not the world. Most volunteers were teachers, but there were school builders and health volunteers. In 1968 there were around 100 volunteers in country. While there were in country success and lasting friendships made, around half the Volunteers did not finish their two years of service. Isolation, both culturally and physical distance, separated most volunteers. Despite training, many were unprepared to deal with Somalia's level of in-country stresses.
On the lighter side, Volunteers developed the sport of "Tortahzing", an almost mythical beach sport. Required a rope, a land rover, a (empty) Tortoise shell and one of Somali's lovely long beaches. The idea was to skim over the wet sand, avoiding the surf while holding on for dear life. Another activity was Duning. Only done on a full moon. A gaggle of PCVs (usually well fortified with liquid) would arrive at the large sand dunes. There a series of mini games would commence. Hide and Seek, watch the bats, and how far can you roll were typical amusements.
The most unusual assignment was probably being a roadie for a traveling Peace Corp Band, called "The Many Mushrooms". The band featured a young Somali drummer and a volunteer who sang popular Somali love ballads, who got standing ovations from Borama to Galcaio. For a while they rehearsed and traveled with the Radio Hargesia Players, a National band. The Many Mushrooms also played rock and roll tunes, some of their own composition, at their concerts. These took place in towns including Borama, Hargesia, Berbra, Burao, Galcaio, and a few other towns before the band settled into the Mogadishu night club circuit.
The land has a beauty, similar to the Southwest portions of the United States.
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