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Africa - Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 21 April 2012

John McCarthy discusses travel to the African countries of Rwanda, Uganda and to the world's newest country, South Sudan. With his guests, doctor Rob Summerhayes, paramedic Franz Opitz and forensic accountant Benedict Jenks - John finds out what attracts people to visiting a country with troubles past or present. All the guests are sensitive to the highly political issues that are involved in visiting such countries and have wide experience of travel to some of the world's hotspots. All have also spent considerable time in Central Africa developing considerable insight into those countries.
Producer: Harry Parker.

  • Rob Summerhayes

    and his partner Polly cycled from South Africa to the UK between March 2009 until July 2010. During their trip they travelled through eighteen countries and spending three months in Rwanda, where Rob worked as a doctor in a hospital dealing directly with some of the legacy from the genocide, while Polly taught English as Foreign language, as it was becoming the main language.

    Find out more about Rob and Polly's journey
  • Franz Opitz

    is a paramedic and medical volunteer. He has been an expedition leader to places like Kilimanjaro and Bolivia and has canoed on the Zambezi. Franz wanted to put his paramedic skills to good and got the opportunity to work for a hospital in Uganda through an American medical charity. He spent several months working for an urban hospital in Kampala and later in clinics on the Rwandan and Congo borders.

    Find out more about Franz Opitz
  • Benedict Jenks

    is a Forensic Accountant and travels widely for his work. Benedict was intrigued when he saw ‘Secret Compass’ doing trips to South Sudan, just before the country became independent and last summer he became one of the first tourists to visit the new South Sudan. He took this opportunity to scale the highest mountain, Mount Kinyeti, and complete a five day river expedition along the White Nile from the Ugandan border to Juba, the capital.

    Find out more about Benedict Jenks



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