A crazy place, a crazy experience. Here’s what happened to me:
I was nearly stabbed in the foot by a massive stick that went straight through my shoe;
We ran over and killed a dog on the Kampala Gulu Road on our way north;
I thought I was going to be raped by a boda boda driver in Gulu;
I was close to being arrested by the Ugandan Police for filming at a ceremony where the President of Uganda was present at;
I almost died in a car accident in Pader, where we rolled 3 times after hitting a massive pot hole &
I was almost attacked after being chased by a huge baboon near Karuma Falls….
Let’s hope my last week in Uganda is a bit on the safer side (but somehow I doubt it will be!)
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War affected communities in Northern Uganda are experiencing an outbreak of the mysterious ‘nodding disease‘ or ‘nodding syndrome’.
Thousands of children have been affected across the north of Uganda, in Pader, Kitgum and Gulu. In Pader alone 66 children have died from the disease.
Nodding Disease is said to have links with River Blindness, a condition that affects some 18 million people, mainly in Africa. The disease first emerged in Sudan in the 1980’s and is also believed to be associated with epilepsy. The disease affects children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 15.
MP’s across the region are calling on the government to respond to this fatal illness, with threats to ferry thousands of children to the Mulago hospital for special treatment.