Violence continues.

•September 20, 2008 • Leave a Comment

The war in Northern Uganda is not over yet. The Lord’s Resistance Army attacked a village in Southern Sudan. They also abducted 50 children. See here and here.

More donations.

•September 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Big thanks to Budr for his kind donation!

Our first donation!

•September 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Chris, Lena, Svea, Sara and Sebastian Anstis made a donation to the Women of Kireka. Thanks family!

A hospital visit that was inspiring and life saving

•September 15, 2008 • 2 Comments

It was in the afternoon when we picked a motorcycle from Kireka to Bugolobi Family clinic where I knew one of the doctors who could do us a favor, in case the money would not be enough, and still give treatment provided we pay the bills later.

When we reached the clinic, we were given a good reception and told to open a file so we can be allocated a reference number for future consultations and treatment. When this was done, we were directed to another room to  wait for our turn to see the doctor.

When out turn came, we went in and the doctor was very receptive; I had to go with Grace and Gloria because they do not speak English well and could not explain themselves clear enough. After narrating to the doctor Grace’s health history for the past seven years, the Doctor asked a few questions which Grace answered and that formed the basis of the diagnosis and prescription. He later told us that Grace is not suffering from cancer as people were deceiving her but from fungal infection which has taken so long in the body and now coming to its chronic stage. He assured Grace that she would be fine since there are drugs for such infections.

Gloria’s case.

It did not take the doctor a long time to realize and tell us that Gloria was suffering from allergies even before any explanation was done. He told us the yellow color of her eyes Gloria denotes allergy. Allergies in some children presents itself with changing the color of the eyes and making it very itchy which was Gloria’s exact complaint.

Mary’s case,

Mary has a long history of pressure on her back and this time she had a serious backache, which prompted me to immediately take her to the clinic as well. She knows a bit of English so while seeing the Doctor she went alone I do not know what they discussed. All in all, the prescription for treatment of the trio was done and we were referred back to the nurse to get the drugs.

Outcome

The treatment was very effective and right now the two are in good health especially Mary and Gloria. Grace has improved but not fully she needs more medication thus money for the same. According to her, that drug makes her very weak that she can no longer crush stones after taking it. She was requesting money for medication for other doses so that she could become perfectly well. She is also requesting for some money for feeding while on drugs.

This is what they had to say – in their own words.

“You came from nowhere and you managed to help seven years pain, you showed Gloria unconditional love you managed to heal their wounds from deep inside not just the surface. It’s joy to know some other people care about others. They wish you were more that a hundred such big hearts ; the world would be a better place to live in.’’ Grace added that the mere knowing that she is not suffering from Cancer BUT  =a curable Fungal disease was a very big Relief and she attributes it all to  our caring hearts and hands; she never expected such a miracle in her miserable life.

The visit cost about 85$ including transportation and medication.

Grace still needs more medication and many of the other women also need to see the doctor.

– written by Beatrice –

Peace talks, again?

•August 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Joseph Kony has told a UN official that he wants to resume peace talks.

I think a majority of Ugandans are skeptical he’ll sign. For good reason, can all parties be trusted to stick to the agreement once Kony’s out? His future looks pretty bleak.

The Urban IDP.

•August 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Since the mid-1980s, an unknown number of Northern Ugandans have fled the 22-year-long war in the North Uganda to urban centers in the Southern Uganda in search of security. These individuals have been called “urban internally displaced persons (IDPs).”

According to a paper published in March 2008 by the Refugee Law Project (see Recent Documents), in 2004 “Uganda became one of the first countries in the world to establish a national policy for IDPs in line with the United Nation’s Guiding Principles on International Displacement.” The Peace, Recovery and Development Plan launched in 2007 was further meant to protect and assist IDPs by promising “to facilitate the voluntary return of IDPs from camps to their places of origin and/or any other location of their preference as peace returns.”

However, the above statements inevitably target the 1.5 million people who were displaced into rural IDP camps in Northern Uganda during the war. Urban IDPs, having long fled the region as their villages were pillaged and burned, more often than not, go unnoticed. Few – if any – have identification proving they are displaced persons.

The Kireka rock quarry is not an isolated phenomenon. The rock quarry actually wraps around the steep hillsides outside Kampala forming a patchwork of orange gullies and pits. Women are scattered around pounding rocks while their naked children play on dirt piles.

One example of an urban IDP camp – often wrongly labeled as a “slum” – is the Acholi Quarter, a community neighbor to the Kireka Rock Quarry. A majority of the population living here fled the war in Northern Uganda.

Like the Women of Kireka, many urban IDPs have expressed the desire to return home. The government has promised them the right to facilitation. Recently, the government helped a team of elders from various urban IDP communities returned to the North to explore the possibilities of going home. However, like several of the Women of Kireka pointed out, going home is a long and expensive process that the government must be able to sustain in whole. A majority have lost their land and houses: they will have to build and plant again, and, in the meantime, survive. So far, the Ugandan government has not be interested in funding this program.

If you’re interested in more information on Urban IDPs or lobbying on their behalf, please contact Refugee Law Project.

Welcome.

•July 22, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Women of Kireka’s blog.

Please refer to the pages in the sidebar for more information on this project and to see how you can help out.

Siena and Beatrice