Deborah Robin Croft, U.S. Africa Command, Public Affairs Office wrote:
Ghanaians say Yamano Akwaaba, meaning “we welcome you.” This is exactly how we all felt at the first, ever African Military Chaplains Conference, co-hosted by AFRICOM and the Armed Forces of Ghana, that took place from 3 October to 7 October in Accra, Ghana.
We were made to feel welcome in many ways during our stay. The 38 African military chaplains and seven US military chaplains were treated to a cultural day during our visit. We took a field trip to visit a dam on the world’s second largest man-made lake, Lake Volta. After touring the dam, we had a wonderful boat cruise complete with a reggae band and a buffet lunch. During the cruise, the chaplains all visited with each other and had many one-on-one conversations; Africans with other Africans and U.S. chaplains with Africans.
There were also moments of quiet reflection while some of us gazed over the glass-like waters and the reflected sky. Others were dancing to the band as they played a medley of African, Reggae, and Ska music.
The high point of the boat trip was a visit to a small island where we off- boarded the boat and were greeted by a traditional African band and dancers along with vendors selling dried fish in large baskets. We got out and found our land legs and met a cheerful group of mostly women and young children.
We were all exhausted on the long bus ride back to the hotel as some of the chaplains broke out in prayers and songs of praise.
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