i’m sorry, there’s a problem with your visa…

…I don’t have a pen.  A week ago, I arrived at the Freetown airport in Sierra Leone and waited for the man at the desk to stamp and sign my visa, but he didn’t have a pen.  So I gave him my pen, which he held onto.

This afternoon, I arrived at the Gambia International Airport and waited while the woman at the desk looked, and looked, and then started waving my passport at a colleague in a nearby booth.  Oh, you need a pen?  Use mine, please.  I took it back afterward, but I wonder if perhaps we need a new NGO, making sure passport control agencies are fully stocked in pens.  Anyone looking for a niche?

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