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next page that continues my journey to northern Uganda.
Introduction to the images on this page: The pages in
highlight some of the experiences I had
during my trip to the Nebbi Standard College (a secondary school in
northern Uganda) between July 31, 2010 and August 7, 2010. I will
confess that it is difficult to find the
words to describe my experiences, even when I show these
pictures. Perhaps I can start by saying that nothing turned out
as I expected; nothing was as I imagined it to be. I arrived in
Uganda on Saturday, July 31st at 11:35 p.m. local time. I was
greeted at the airport by Betty Udongo, who is both the founder of the
Nebbi Standard College and my friend. Betty and I met when we
were Ph.D. students in Science Education at Western Michigan
University. I was in Uganda by her invitation. A copy
of her invitation letter to me can be found by clicking
here. My driver's name
was Ronnie. Betty and Ronnie took me to a hotel on Saturday night.
Along the way, I saw only the road and the signs along the road
there were no lights). I naively commented about how much it "looked
like America." The next morning, however, as we drove to Kampala (the
capital of Uganda), I was literally shocked and overwhelmed by the
extreme poverty that I saw. I expected poverty, but not to the extent
that I witnessed it.
We are traveling the road that
leads to the hotel I stayed at during my first two nights in Uganda.
The extreme poverty along this road and in much of Uganda was shocking
overwhelming for me.
This is another picture along
This is a banana tree in the
yard of a luxurious home in the hills.
It highlights the sharp
contrast that exists between those who "have" and those who "have not."
This is an image of the
skyline of the
city of Kampala (the capital of Uganda).
This is a view of Lake
Victoria (in the distance). I took this picture from my hotel
I'm not sure what's going on in the foreground, but the background
highlights the beautiful scenery of Uganda.
This is my friend Betty, the
founder of the school. The picture was taken at my hotel.
Lake Victoria is in the background. The hotel was quite luxurious.
I felt uneasy staying there (and perhaps rightly so) because of the
extreme poverty just outside.