Meanwhile, in Somalia, Janis and Demetri are checking out the tower through some binoculars; someone has spraypainted "66:6" on the side. Simon comes up and mutters, "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here." Vogel is all, "Shut your liberal-arty mouth and follow us through this seemingly deserted village!"
It is a move everyone will regret, as many beefy and firearm-wielding extras are mowed down by sniper fire, and the living members of the party are intimidated into laying prostrate on the ground. Vogel orders Awaale the translator to tell the lead machine gun-wielding maniac that they are but humble relief workers protected under articles 59-63 of the Geneva Convention. The leader makes his opinion of the Geneva Convention known; unfortunately, I don't speak machine gun, but the perforations now dotting poor Awaale's body may spell out "Up yours." The lead gunner says coolly that he speaks English, so Awaale's services were no longer required.
The party is ushered into an abandoned house, and Fearless Shooty Leader tells Simon, "I know you. I saw you on Al-Jazeera telling the world you caused the blackout." "Always nice to meet a fan," Simon replies drily. Fearless Shooty Leader bitchslaps Simon and spits at his feet; we cut to Vogel looking sort of like," ... heh." Fearless Shooty Leader says, "You did not cause this. God caused this. He merely put your finger on the button." Vogel tries the Red Panda pitch one more time, but Fearless Shooty Leader whips out a confiscated binder, tears out the satellite photo of the tower, and calls their bluff: "You came here on a mission, just like the others." Janis has the presence to ask "What others?" and we go into an expository flashback courtesy of Fearless Shooty Leader:
"When I was a boy, foreigners came to our village and offered to provide electricity. They said five towers would provide power until the end of time, that it was a humanitarian act. But those towers were not for electricity. They were for something else, something not humanitarian. I had gone out to tend the goats. I was not away long, only a few moments. But even a single moment can change everything."
While Fearless Shooty Leader is talking, we see flashback footage of the boy he was coming back to the village and taking in the horrific sight of everyone he knows collapsed in the street and completely dead to the world.
He continues: "What happened, it made no sense. I felt afraid. They were there, but they were gone. But it was all part of God's plan. This I learned from my mother. Everything in this life happens for a purpose. And before the hand of death could take hold of me too, I ran." And the sequence continues to show -- elegantly, poignantly -- the child's growing panic as he struggles to comprehend what in the blue hell just happened. Said panic is not helped by the child seeing a black camel snorting at him.