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Gulu’s 5 favourite Music Genres – with surprises!

Everyone loves music, so I thought I’d share what’s popular here in Northern Uganda. The last two genres might surprise you! Traditional Acholi Acholi traditional music is fast paced and toe tapping. It can make my hips move automatically. It’s … Continue reading

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Yes, they tax us for using facebook!

It actually happened. Yesterday, on the 1st of July I tried to open facebook on my phone and got an extended loading bar. What? Surely not? The government actually blocked our social media! Coup leader and Dictator of over 30 … Continue reading

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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

Originally posted on The World-Once-Removed Weekly:
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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