life in karamoja

The Everyday »

There is a chill in Karamoja that creeps up the sheets from your toes to your nose. It tingles and delights in the surprise of its mere existence. It makes me smile every time, and then, almost without fail, I wonder if I put enough clothes on Carmel since when I put her to bed […]
Posted by: Chloe on February 10, 2016 @ 2:20 pm
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Hats & Denial »

You may be tempted to think that by our recent silence there is simply nothing to tell. That is far from the truth! We’re in the midst of many transitions which has resulted in the proliferation of a tower of different hats, steadfast denial and very busy days! We are very sad to be saying […]
Posted by: Chloe on October 29, 2015 @ 2:39 pm
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We Are Not for Milking »

The news of livestock in one of the mission’s planted fields always rouses a certain excitement. The thrill of the chase. This thrill quickly gives way to tall grass raking the legs and burrs falling into the boots and finally descends into a series of vague imprecations upon the owner of said animals as we […]
Posted by: Christopher on August 3, 2015 @ 4:09 pm
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Recovery, Sweet Summer Rain »

Carmel has fully recovered from malaria. I figured, all you praying saints deserve an update! She is now back to her toddling, laughing, stubborn ways. And what a delight it is! In the midst of her illness, I shared my struggle and feelings of guilt with some Karimojong friends who are themselves mothers. In response, […]
Posted by: Chloe on June 13, 2015 @ 10:38 am
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Be Still My Soul »

The fevers started Saturday night with a whimper. It took three days, two trips to the clinic, a remission, a relapse, countless second guesses, two sleepless nights and one negative test to finally confirm that Carmel has malaria. Although my fears imagined other cases, this is her first time. When I heard the result, I […]
Posted by: Chloe on May 20, 2015 @ 2:20 pm
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Wet and Loving it! »

The rains have come. With them, a myriad of changes. The temperature dropped forty degrees in one week, the river separating our compounds from the main road and clinic is no longer dry, porch decoration is now damp laundry, toads and frogs are croaking happily, the papaya trees are slowing down production, guavas are ripening […]
Posted by: Chloe on April 22, 2015 @ 3:25 pm
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Tag-a-long to Nakaale Village »

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of accompanying some of our health teachers while they taught in Nakaale village. One of our missionary associates, Leah Hopp, is presently on furlough in Canada, but during her absence she has hired and trained local women to continue her work. Five days a week, women go […]
Posted by: Chloe on October 17, 2014 @ 10:58 am
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Off the Road Again »

One of the questions we are most often asked is how far are we from Mbale. The standard answer that I give is two to six hours, depending on the condition of the road. Saturday, we set a new personal record. We left Mbale around 10am and I did not step into our home until […]
Posted by: Christopher on October 7, 2014 @ 9:23 am
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Funeral at Nariko »

As often as I’ve attended funerals in Karamoja, last week was my first time to witness the process in its entirety. I’m sure variations exist, but I am told that most of what happened on Monday is typical of the Karamojong funeral practice. When a person dies, preparation of the body for burial consists in […]
Posted by: Christopher on September 15, 2014 @ 2:44 pm
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