Cold and concrete

Take a stroll, you will find the homeless people of Uganda on main streets, markets, nooks and alleys. During the day, most are invisible. They blend with other kampalans.  The homeless of all ages sleep on street verandas at night – children, teenagers, old men and women waiting to die. Those that were are street…

  Homeless Kampalans – Jaffari’s Story

 After three years in Luzira prison, Jaffari is back to his spot in the city. Back to homelessness. Back to sleeping under the bare sky. Unsure of where to start from.  Prison gave him food and shelter, but the streets give him hope and freedom. The a 23-year-old narrates his story. “ My father run…

Homeless Kampalans – Shafiq’s Story

Standing at Watoto Church downtown, I saw him, he woke up, stretched himself and I crossed the road and walked towards him. I greeted him in English. He grinned and gave me a ghastly look. It is 7:00 am on a cloudy morning. I am early for a scheduled meeting. I have always wanted to…

A positive outlook: Leaving No One Offline

“Is it possible that everyone can be connected to the Internet?” I wondered. During the session themed  “A positive outlook: Leaving No One Offline’  at the Stockholm Internet Forum, my thoughts wandered to Fudencia, a 70 something year-old widow in my village. She is taking care of her five grand children. Unfortunately, Fudencia cannot read…

The elephant

To tame an elephant, catch it young or make sure that it is born in captivity, she will never know her power. You will use her in the circus to entertain humans, You will ride on her the safari to see other animals, You will use this elephant as crane for construction projects, and you can use her in…

An extract from a Journal of a misogynist

I hate women. I am subdued at the presence of fellow men and strong women. I shrink at anyone that I think is better than me.  I have been a door rug for long. This is my turn. I lay in wait like a lion in the savannah for my prey – the broken, the…

“I have a plan” #SexWorkerDiaries

” I have ever made 100 dollars. You know how? Someone hooked me up with a white man at the Sheraton that wanted my services, he was going to pay me well. I was 19 and I was hot. I thought 20,000 shillings maybe. So I put on my best clothes and there I was…