My Journey To Karamoja.

20th December 2013,

Early in the morning, me ,the driver(Muzze), my friend Juma, and my cousin called Sohaib left Kampala the capital city of Uganda at around 8 O’clock in the morning after shopping from a famous supermarket called Shoprite.

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We started the journey using the Lira main road heading to Northern Uganda, We then passes Wakiso district, Loweero district and Nakasongola before crossing to west Nile around 1:10pm. From Nakasongola we moved to West Nile, where we found the Karuma bridge, which marks the northern past of Uganda from the central and after crossing the river Nile and entering to west Nile.

The immediate district is Apac, from Apac we started seeing remote areas, and small towns where the local people did commercial business in a lower scale. From Apac district we reached Lira district around 5:20pm. We spent the night in Lira district and stayed in a hotel called Margarita. Lira town is slightly big and busy with all types of businesses and most of the districts in n northern Uganda depend on this town. Lira town has got the main hospital of the northern areas, banks,government offices and petrol pumps. People in Lira are relatively rich according to the other parts of west Nile.

Next day 21st December 2013 at 9am, we packed up and started our journey to Karamoja. From Lira to Karamoja we used the dirt road through a small district called Alebtong where the main transport system is the use of bicycles but basically most of the people walk.. We reached Otoke district, the life style of the people in this district is almost the same of Alebtong. Around 1pm, we reached Abim, a district under Karamoja area, in this district, I started looking at the villages with huts made out of dry grassand finding people staying together in big famillies. The people in Abim are mostly cattle keepers and there is a bot of cassava growing.

We continued driving to Kotido district which is also under Karamoja. In Kotido, the place is mountainous and the villages are found in valleys, the main problem in this village is water, health conditions and poor life style.This is where I interacted with the local people directly, the most amazing thing was 90 percent of the people under stud English which made it easy for me to talk to them.

After Kotido we headed to Kaabong district, the last district of Karamoja area and bordering southern Sudan and Kenya. Here, I met the famillies of the Karamojong, but did not meet the typical Karamojong, from the point I was, I had to move more 70kms inside through rocky mountains to find the typical Karamojong who were claiming to walk naked and depending on cattle keeping, people from Kaboong say, the typical Karamojong drink blood mixed with milk and the government is trying to develop them for example setting electricity and schools.

As per now, the first lady Jannat Museveni was chosen as the minister of Karamoja and started a project of mining gold and fuel from the area, which has led the development of the area.

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