life in karamoja

Warriors and Infants Alike »

He sat perched on the half wall that surrounded the clinic’s waiting area. He leaned back against a pole, lightly balancing a green plastic pitcher on the tip of his relaxed fingers. His cheetah print hat sported a long fluffy ostrich feather. His wrists were hidden behind black rubber bangles, beaded bands and a gaudy […]
Posted by: Chloe on September 9, 2018 @ 9:27 pm
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Canoes Needed! »

The day after I posted a blog about the dry season, it started raining and hasn’t stopped. In twenty-four hours last week, we got six inches of rain. As you might imagine, streams turned into rivers, rivers turned into torrents and fields turned into flood plains. There were screams in the village about Noah’s flood […]
Posted by: Chloe on May 30, 2018 @ 3:52 pm
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Learning to Laugh »

Learning a new language is also learning to laugh at yourself. I’ve never been very good at laughing at myself, as many of you know, so it is no small wonder that I love learning Karimojong so much. In welcoming new teammates and hoping to share with them the love of the language, I’ve decided […]
Posted by: Chloe on March 27, 2018 @ 3:18 pm
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Holy Wind »

The wind is blowing (‘Ekusi ekuwam’). This saying becomes almost as common as a handshake in the dry season. We all look to the East and face the blow dryer that sweeps across the plain abducting any moisture in its path, sucking your skin parched and whipping up dust into every imaginable nook and cranny. […]
Posted by: Chloe on February 27, 2018 @ 11:30 am
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Bees »

Bees. Bees in the house, in the visitors’ luggage. Bees on the floor, in your hair and now in the new clinic building. Bees. They’re swarming and dying everywhere. Bees. I’m no bee keeper so I’ve been content thus far to wonder at their strange behavior. Why are they staying outside the hive at night? […]
Posted by: Chloe on August 3, 2017 @ 10:51 pm
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Headless Chicken Alert »

Presently the phrase, “running around like a chicken with its head cut off” seems to typify too well our life. Certain seasons of life have this texture of frenetic, seemingly erratic activity. It changes our concept of need and rest, helps us to better understand our limitations and our abilities. And often drives you to […]
Posted by: Chloe on May 27, 2017 @ 9:03 pm
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Easter Lamb »

“Are you having sheep in your place?” “No, there are no sheep on my side. You should ask Akol. He is the one managing that species.” And thus began my search for an Easter lamb. I had seen them grazing in the fields around our home, so I thought it would be easy. Three people […]
Posted by: Chloe on April 18, 2017 @ 2:33 pm
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Girls’ Day Out »

I don’t get out much. I don’t own a vehicle here and public transport is questionable. The fastest most direct way to get places is on the back of a motorcycle. We are not yet letting our 11 month old and toddler ride those! When we go down country for supplies or airport trips, we […]
Posted by: Chloe on March 23, 2017 @ 8:06 pm
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A Night in the Life of… »

Zion had just stopped crying when the phone rang. Christopher had just started softly snoring; I had to nudge him awake. The ring pealed through the night offending the preceding silence. It was Johnson, our on-call clinician at the clinic. There was an emergency, Christopher was needed now. When the doctor left Karamoja late 2015 […]
Posted by: Chloe on January 31, 2017 @ 10:37 am
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