"Lorris, are you up to date with your vaccinations?" “Perfect", said the boss. “You’re off to Bamako on a press relations backup mission. Our colleagues need you in Mali!”
Ever since the closure of our embassy in Mogadishu in 1991, the French Embassy in Nairobi has been responsible for Somalian affairs. This is my 32nd mission to the country, so I have quite a few memories of it by now.
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs often calls on the skills and experience of its staff. This is a form of more or less indirect mutual help among colleagues, of transmission of knowledge which I support and take part in whenever I can, as during the “Careers Day” organized by the French Lycée in Vienna, Austria.