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Notes from Africa 2004


July 2004, notes from Africa, first impressions …


… the taxi takes me from Entebbe to Kampala ; Joseph, the driver says to me:« you see, sister, there are two enemies in Uganda: the  politicians’  blindness, and illiteracy. It’s like when you drive a car, you must look far ahead and hold the wheel firmly, not drive too fast and not look where you’re going ... » It is night time, he illustrates his words on the unlit road, crowded with bicycles and people walking from one town to the other.

… the stone breakers bent under the weight of their metal crates: this evening they will be paid a pittance (0.1 penny) per 20kg of stones extracted from the quarry and broken by hand.

… the children’s faces in the slum school at Kabowa, their coughs, their thinness.

Notes from Africa

« There is an Africa of tragedy and famine, of corruption and war, of blood and hunger and tears, of incurable disease and tribal clashes (...). There is a different side to this ancient land. The place which still has what most of the world has lost. Space. Roots. Traditions. Stunning beauty. True wilderness. Rare animals. Extraordinary people. »

Kuki Gallmann (Night of the Lions)