Life in the Sinai

Inevitably, the success of the MFO as an organization rests with its people in the Sinai.

 

These professional peacekeepers perform a mission that is difficult, often repetitious and always marked by the sacrifice of the comforts of home and family and by unavoidable limitations imposed by the desert and force protection requirements that can restrict travel. Beyond the obvious variations of national culture, the people of the MFO, as individuals, form a group of considerable variety: men and women, military and civilian.

The MFO does its best to provide for the education, welfare and recreation of all of its members.

Chaplains, and medical and dental professionals are also present at both camps. Should the need arise, arrangements are also in place for the treatment of serious illness or injury in cooperating regional hospitals.

 

Sports facilities are available to cater to most sports. The gymnasia at both camps are run by professional staffs, and are well equipped. At our northern camp there is a swimming pool and at our southern camp a beach facility on the Red Sea.


The libraries at both camps contain a large selection of books and periodicals in all of the national languages represented in the Force. DVDs, videos and music CDs are also available for loan. Two Force Exchanges (FX) provide a range of necessities as well as sundry items, magazines, electronics and clothing at a reasonable prices.

The profits from the FX and MFO sponsored Clubs fund our morale support programs. Morale Support tour and travel programs offer a wide range of excursions and accommodations throughout Egypt and Israel. Feature films are shown in the theaters, and satellite TV/Radio stations provide programming from various sources and in several languages.

Beyond these activities directly supported by the MFO is a spontaneous and entirely welcome system of individual and contingent sponsored recreational activities and Contingent clubs.