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Notes from Africa 2006

 

June, October 2006, on the spot, notes from Africa, …


 

… Joseph, the « taxi » driver taking me to Kampala: the radio is tuned to the world cup; this evening, its England-Portugal, «here everyone is for England», the former colonialist!

… rounder cheeks, a livelier look, and the smile of the children from the slums: 2 years with a less empty stomach makes a difference to life …

… the childrens’ hospital at Tororo: about a hundred mothers, on the grass in the shade of the frangipani trees, their baby tied in a boubou, wait their turn, today or tomorrow. There are 2 nurses, no doctor. For some of the little ones, too little, it’s already too late …

… Kampala, town of darkness and potholes. Every other evening, as from 19h.00 the electricity goes off, the traffic lights on the main roads go out and it is the rush hour with traffic jams… and this until the next day at the same time!

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)