We reach the land of the Bamasaba after an 8hrs bus ride past Lira’s Bisina, Soroti’s rocks, just a pinch of what we saw. We are urshered into busy; buses, taxis, boda bodas, traders, construction. Busy and more busy! As travellers we all have expectations. We form an image or series of images at the … More Day 3: BTK2 in Mbale, Mutoto circumcision site.
Today we woke up enthusiastic about travelling after our exciting visit to Fort Patiko. Having experienced the awe-inspiring ancient monument, we are eager to find out what Patiko’s natives think about this rich history in their midst. However, we have a slight glitch, none of us knows the natives’ language. For a moment we sit … More Day 2: ‘Abatabaazi’ in Patiko Village, Gulu (Northern Uganda).
As the sun scorches the dry ground and rain clouds loom over the horizon, we take our seats under the canopy of an old tree whose gnarled roots roam the earth below it like a knobbly mass of knees and elbows. In the centre of our circle of seats is an elderly man on a … More Day 3: JOJA in Nebbi, “The heir of Gipiir”
The sun is scorching as our bodaboda (motorcycle) convoy races from Gulu town to Patiko village. The riders endeavour to dodge each pothole on the uneven dusty road with outstanding manoeuvre and accuracy. The journey leaves our bottoms sore and our clothes covered in dust. On arrival in Patiko Village, we head to the Subcounty … More Day 1: ‘Abatabaazi’ in Gulu, Fort Patiko.
It is a cold morning, dew still clings to the leaves and a few traces of mist damp the air, but we are away from all that. We are seated in the office of an elderly lady dressed in black. Her name is Mrs. Kakungulu Gertrude. She gently narrates to us a story of a … More Day 2: JOJA at the tomb of Semei Kakungulu
Still in the out burst of mystery, Aswa-Lolim yet screams a conflicted history, as deep secrets unfold beautifully. Its inhabitants do not seem to know the story, or should we say stories, for it has been but a decade since the do over. The year 1975 must have witnessed the fire set loose, when access … More Day 2: BTK2 in Nwoya, Aswa-Lolim
It was quite estranging leaving the comfort of our beds, setting off to an alien land. The rush from traveling before dawn, the excitement of reaching the next stop, grabbing something to eat, or finding where to ease, this and a lot more was worth getting up early for. Today, we were welcomed into an … More Day 1: BTK2 in Nwoya, Fort Murchison.
Surrounded by hills that jut like spears into the sky, lies a little known field sacred to the Bagisu of Mbale. Today, this field is abuzz with activity and excitement in anticipation of what is to happen shortly. Several pairs of bulls lock horns like gladiators do swords while a crowd of villagers provides a … More Day 1: JOJA in Bulucheke Village, “The Bulls Arena”.
Daring to connect with a site that is scarcely visited, we set forth to tackle this rocky terrain. Dictating our movements, we are painfully made aware of the language the hands, feet and ground speak as we climb. The size, height, depth and texture of each stone calls for our attention.Each step taken is to … More Day 4: @2am in Guru guru caves
What we think we know sometimes may not be the reality. At the crack of dawn, we set out excitedly to unveil yet another forest. To our certainty it is an illusion when the community hardly knows its location. Expecting to find a landscape covered in monstrous greenery, we instead encounter a silent dispute that … More Day 3: @2am in Atiak Forest