Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Today was a wretched day at work (except for my dear colleague S and his stories! – more later) but upon leaving, who is waiting for me but a ton of children who accost me, craving love, in the pitch-black that is 7:30 p.m. in Kitgum. I doled out kisses and felt marginally better. And then when I got here, Akello, our guard, had brought oranges for me! I love her. And she taught me more Acholi words, including the word for teacher, which shall be my new nickname for her. “Laphone”.

And red-haired Amanda lives here now!!! In Kampala, but still…! So we have been calling or texting every day. It’s lovely to have an old friend living in the same country as you, even if you never see her…!

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