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Gulu Prison: Update and a Plan

Originally posted on The World-Once-Removed Weekly:
Book Exchange *This follows on from my previous post about the library – read that first 😊 We raided the library a second time. Books sat in piles on a table while we taught…

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Head above water. A heartwarming story!

Walter is unique. Of all of our nurses, he’s the only one who makes sick patients laugh before they even sit down. It’s impossible to feel bad when you are around him. We had great hopes for the New health … Continue reading

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‘These women are coming for your books’ – The strange story of the Gulu Prison Library

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I’ve been teaching basic reading, intermediate English, and Zumba in Gulu Women’s Prison for nearly three months. A couple of weeks ago, I said to a guard who remarked on the women’s enthusiasm for…

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Book Your Future

As I arrive home on my iron donkey, I notice a resplendent fluorescent orange mango. My eyes flick down the tree to ten expectant children sitting underneath. It’s reading time! “‘I can jump,’ said the frog. ‘I can’t jump,’ said … Continue reading

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You’ll never guess Northern Uganda’s biggest export

No it’s not heroin. It’s probably not coffee, or maize, or soya beans like you might expect. It’s probably charcoal. I don’t have solid evidence, but it’s hard to imagine it being anything else. A year ago, my parents and I … Continue reading

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Diarrhoea

I felt you coming I thought you were a mere fart You were so much more (Heiku describing a shared experience. By an Anonymous Visitor)

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The Day I Fired a Poor Man

(Name, location, age, job title and gender may have been changed to protect identity) “Your contract finishes in a month. I’m really sorry, but we’re not going to renew it. We’ll pay for your transport and your belongings to be … Continue reading

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