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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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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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My African friends who agree with Trump

Call me old fashioned, but due to the sheer quantity of swearing required, from henceforth ‘shit’ shall be written as $#% Straight after the famous $#%@hole comment, the internet flooded with response, my facebook wall included. Many nice, thoughtful responses … Continue reading

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Blame the NGO, not Ed Sheeran

The Radiator Awards highlight the best and worst aid fundraising videos of the year. Yes, this blog is about the worst: the winner of the ‘Rusty Radiator.’ Comic Relief (an NGO) fronted by Ed Sheeran won the prize, and the judges … Continue reading

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