Hank is employed by USA Company HARSCO Rail(http://www.harscorail.com/). His work assignment was at the sea port located in Samsun, Turkey and arrived in country in January 2017. Much of the equipment the TCDD(http://www.tcdd.gov.tr/) was using for their railway expansion was purchased through HARSCO Rail. It’s common practice for large equipment purchases to include equipment experts onsite to ensure proper calibration and operation of the equipment as well provide training. Hank was one of the maintenance personnel selected to support the contract.
Hank’s contract was only supposed to last 2 months, but due to bad weather and some human error causing delays his time was extended. The extra OT money was nice and when the job was completed in mid-April 2017 he decided to take time off and do the whole “tourist” thing since he was already here. He spent several weeks leisurely traveling along the coast through Trabzon, Batumi, Sochi before ending up in South Zagoria.
It was there his vacation turned from a leisure pursuit of relaxation to one of survival. Being a foreigner and not knowing the language he found himself lost in a sea of refugees when the citizens left in mass. In the beginning, he was more tired than anything and frustrated from his inability to locate means to get back home. Luckily for him, he was able to latch onto a small family of refugees and they helped him navigate the chaos. Fortunately, Amir, the youngest child of the family spoke enough broken English to enable communication.
Hank doesn’t remember when he was separated from Amir and his family. All he remembers is being woken by blood curdling screams and mass panic. He’s not sure how he was struck, but a blow to the head knocked him unconscious and when he woke, Amir was gone. The madness was still going on all around him. The only thing he could think of was to get away from where he was right now. It didn’t take long for him to gather his belongings and he left, heading west. It was several hours before his head stopped ringing and silence took over. He was alone. He thought, “What now?” …