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Images from Northern Uganda

Here’s a few that made the grade…

I’ll turn these into a photo article as soon as I get the time.

Enjoy,

Cheers,

Lee.


Amida IDP Camp, Pop: 27,000 – Kitgum District.

 

Amida IDP Camp, Kitgum District.

 

Amida IDP Camp, Kitgum District.

 

Amida IDP Camp, Kitgum District.

 

Breaking rocks in the hot sun – over 50 degrees in the direct sunlight.

 

Another poor peasant woman breaking rocks for a few shillings a day.

 

Caught by the LRA and had her toes hacked off with a panga. The girl is lucky to be alive.

 

HIV/AIDS – The scourge of Africa, but on the decline in Uganda.

 

Murram road, heading north out of Kitgum, towards the Sudanese border.

 

NGO vehicles everywhere.

 

Daybreak in Lira. Looking out from the Rachele Rehabilitation Centre.

 


One of the many paintings by the children at the Rachele Centre, depicting their memories of life with the LRA.

 

Pido, the watchman at Kitgum Town College. 60-year-old Acholi man.

 

Life in Kitgum.

 

UPDF soldiers patrol the streets everywhere you look.

by [a former member] at 2006-03-18 12:57:43 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Wraysbury , United Kingdom | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hi, nice pictures. What took you to that particular locale?

by ken paprocki | 19 Mar 2006 09:03 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Ken,

I went to Northern Uganda to collect information and pictures so that I can write a couple of articles about the terrible situation facing the region’s children.

With any luck I can raise a bit more awareness to the cause, that people may want to donate towards worthy schemes, such as the Rachele Rehabiliation Centre in Lira. Visit www.namecampaign.org

Cheers,

Lee.

by [former member] | 19 Mar 2006 09:03 | Wraysbury, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Thanks for your response Lee. The url is a great source of information, I will go through it more at length this evening. By the way, how long did you stay in Uganda and did you contact a relief organization beforehand in order to take care of lodging and a guide not to mention a visa? Ken

by ken paprocki | 19 Mar 2006 10:03 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Ken,

I was in Uganda for 11 days, spending most of that time in Kitgum, Gulu and Lira. I didn’t contact an organization as such, but a particular individual – Els De Temmerman, author of Aboke Girls and the main person behind the Rachele Rehabilitation Centre.

Accommodation was the usual cheap hotels, apart from a couple of days at Els’ house in Kampala. And the visa, I sorted out in London before I left, although it’s just as easy to get it at Entebbe Airport on entry. Price £25/$35

Not sure you’ll have too much luck trying to forge contacts with aid organisations. They’re predominantly run by self-important people, who look down their noses at outsiders, and are, in any case, far too busy being important to have time to help the likes of us.

Good luck,

Cheers,

Lee.

by [former member] | 19 Mar 2006 13:03 | Wraysbury, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Hi Lee, I’ve wanted to get back to you for a while on this but it’s been a hectic week. Saw your new posting and will go through that website with a fine-toothed comb. I wanted to ask you whether you thought that most if not all aid organizations are really so hostile to people wanting to volunteer and take pictures. I intend to approach some in Africa because I really want to return and cover some stories and the only way i can think of managing it for a number of weeks is with/through an ngo … so i’d appreciate it if you could give me your thoughts/comments on the matter and share the wisdom :) ken (teru kuwayama had suggested donig this ngo route when i met him last month at a kashmir benefit where he donated some of his pictures … i haven’t heard back from regarding details on how to do this but I’m sure he’s very busy).

by ken paprocki | 25 Mar 2006 09:03 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Ken,

I’ve never tried to get in with any NGO orgasnisations to do my photography, so I can’t speak with any great authority. I just know that from the outside, they have always seemed very cliquey. I imagine if you could find a particular individual and develop a good relationship, it might pay dividends.

Given your plans, I would try to arrange a face to face meeting with someone in authority at a couple of NGOs, at their head offices in Europe/US etc. Making this kind of effort in going out of your way, could build bridges instantly and pave the way for a far smoother passage once you’re on the ground. Just remember, it’s human nature for a lot of people to ask "what’s in it for me". Or even if they don’t ask, they may still be thinking it.

I don’t need to tell you this, but contacts are everything in this game.

Where in Africa are you planning to go?

by [former member] | 25 Mar 2006 10:03 (ed. Mar 25 2006) | Wraysbury, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Hi Lee, yes I guess I could start the face-to-face process here in new york. I’d like to get to Kenya actually. I’ve pretty much done the southern africa thing (i lived in cape town on and off for 4 years), so now I’d like to explore a new part and try to forage for photostories. Uganda seems to have some very devoted photojournalists. I wonder if you felt you were breaking new ground when you were there. Ken

by ken paprocki | 29 Mar 2006 12:03 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Ken,

I was invited along on a trip to Yei and Juba in Sudan, to cover the new spate of attacks by the LRA on Sudanese civilians and the circumstances that have led to this turn of events. I felt that this was ground-breaking and still is in regard of the fact that there is a total lack of journalists in the area filing reports.

However, I didn’t go to Sudan, for a number of reasons. Instead I traveled to Gulu, Kitgum and Lira, and wrote the article "Children On the Frontline". It would difficult to label that as groundbreaking, as it tells the same story that has already been told a hundred times over.

What would be an achievement, though, would be to raise awareness of what’s happening, along with all the gory details, in the minds of the common man.
For example – I could ask any man in the pub back home if he’s aware of what’s happening in Darfur, and I’d be pretty sure everyone I asked would answer yes, if not actually know the reasons behind the conflict. However, if I asked the same people what they thought of the Lord’s Resistance Army, I would expect fewer than one in a hundred to have any clue what I was talking about.

To remedy that, would be groundbreaking.

Any ideas appreciated.

Regards,

Lee.

by [former member] | 29 Mar 2006 13:03 (ed. Mar 29 2006) | Wraysbury, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

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