We managed to get transit papers to get our solar materials out of the airport. They are in the hands of our clearing agent with a transit paper which allows us to clear customs in Agadez. We thought we were home free, until the bus refused to take the merchandise as its $4000 value is too much and they will not take responsibility for its safety–what if the bus is attacked by bandits? Maybe if they made use of the materials to build panels they wouldn’t have to be bandits! Ok I know its a far fetched scenario–they would not know what they had and would toss it and then we would still be in the same position we are now: a program without materials. The time has not been wasted –many small panels have been made and the solar oven is designed to cook our large panels so we do not have to use the silicone material that is now blocked in customs. The saga continues
So Dr. Komp is scheduled to leave on Friday and we just could possibly, maybe, perhaps, get the merchandise into Agadez to start the customs procedure all over again on Tuesday night…which leaves us Wednesday and Thursday to do all the work…that is IF the merchandise is cleared in Agadez!