Back in Uganda

Well, the whole family made the journey back to Uganda safely, and we’ll be here for the next 6 weeks. Japhy, coming here for his first visit at 7 months was a trooper, and Nile, 5, is an old hat at international travel and was un-phased as usual.

We left here nearly a year ago, and it feels like it was yesterday. The warm, familiar smiles, old friends, soft air, the “dogs of Muyenga” barking all night long, that welcome taste of matooke and g-nut sauce. At the same time we are once again confronted with daily reminders of how hard people here work just to make ends meet, and all the odds that are stacked against them doing so. Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that the world is a fair place.

Our lives always feel so split between our attachment to this place and our attachment to family and friends back in the United States. Where is “home?” If only it wasn’t so difficult and expensive to travel back and forth, we’d have the selfish good-fortune of not needing to choose.

About Mark D. Jordahl

Mark Jordahl is a writer, trip leader and naturalist who has lived much of the last 7 years in Uganda and currently calls Colorado home.
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