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Kaabong Diaries

Kayabwe-Equator

I understand now much more the realities of the daily struggle but still, as a Mzungu, being very kindly sheltered, much of it is beyond my comprehension....

Kaabong-soap

Josephine came to show me how to make liquid soap. The perfume was my favourite bit - it is made from local flowers that are dried, soaked and distilled....

AWARE-swings

My favourite development has to be the new swings that have been put up for the children - although it does make it a bit harder to work as all I want to do is play all day!

Arsenal-supporters-Kaabong

About 15 motorbikes, three cars, and a lorry full of Arsenal supporters, drove all through Kaabong tooting horns and waving leafy branches while yelling out "Arsenal" as often as possible...

Kidepo-Zebras

I was in the back of the pick-up with Steto and Harrison - It was brilliant; we went looking for elephants but unfortunately, the rain meant they were hiding away. I did get to see zebra though, which were at the top of list of animals I wanted to see...

Jewellery-making-Kaabong

I spent a while chatting to Rose about the bead-making project - the things they need and the things they will make for me to buy as souvenirs - which they wanted to give as gifts but I insisted on payment because I know how much the cash will mean to them...

Kaabong-river

I am actually in a place where life is hard and short. It has been simple for me to forget this fact, as I am so well looked after, but reality has a way of forcing itself and not always in a pleasant way...

 AWARE-garden

Now the rains have arrived there is much more activity: people are hoeing, Lydia's greens and sweetcorn plants are growing wonderfully and everyone seems a great deal happier. Although, that doesn't mean life is problem free...

Bus-breakdown

We were in the middle of nowhere, miles from where I needed to be... I was befriended by many people and given mangoes to eat so it really wasn't that arduous, except for the heat...

Bubbles-O-Learys

Up to now I have mostly concentrated on telling you all about how things are in Karamoja but seeing as I spend so much time in the capital for one reason or another, I thought I would explain life there...

Kaabong-beads

After discussion with some AWARE members, they selected a group of ten women to work in a sort of mini-co-operative making beads together, as an income-generating scheme...

Bed-in-Kaabong

Thus the horror stories began: AWARE would need to "facilitate" things such as policemen coming along to inform people of their rights... AWARE would need to pay a policeman to do his job!