U.S. Consular Officer Reflects on a Memorable Fourth in Niger

Posted by Karan E. Swaner
July 7, 2010
Barbeque Sandwich

About the Author: Karan E. Swaner serves as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Naimey, Niger.

U.S. Embassy Niamey celebrated a sunny and warm Fourth of July with an old-fashioned community picnic for all registered American citizens in Niger. An estimated 200 people -- including missionary families, NGO employees, Peace Corps volunteers, and embassy staff -- gathered for a potluck barbeque on the grounds of the Chief of Mission's Residence.

After a brief welcome by Charge' d'Affaires Eric Whitaker, the group migrated towards the shade to enjoy delicious food, ice cold drinks, and a chance to show off new babies and catch up with old friends. Disregarding the heat, the young and young-at-heart played a spirited game of touch-football, followed by a swim in the pool.

As the consular officer, I especially appreciated the opportunity to sit down informally with many of the Americans I'd previously met “through the window” of the American Citizen Services office. Among those I was glad to see were the three young adult children of an American citizen who has been living in Niger for over 30 years. This was the children's second Fourth of July celebration in Niger since they obtained their first passports. Seeing this family enjoy the holiday together and having a chance to reconnect with fellow Americans made this event a memorable celebration.



Virginia, USA
July 8, 2010

Flavius in Virginia writes:

They had pie in Rwanda, thus a photograph of pie with that post. Does the photograph of a BBQ sandwich with slaw on the side mean that y'all had BBQ in Niger?

I loves me some BBQ. Do tell me it was back scratchin' good.


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