Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Sounds of Uganda

You are assaulted in the city by a cacophony of sound. Horns are honking, people talking or shouting in any number of dialects from English to Swahili to Ugandan, children playing or crying, and music blaring from the many shops along the road.
Children were everywhere you looked. Over 50% of the Ugandan population is under the age of 16. Over 80% of the population is under the age of 30. Those are hard facts to get my mind around. Poverty and disease are truly wiping out generations or Ugandans.

They chased the van once we left the Kasubi school.

After arriving on Llolwe Island we thought we would take a walk out to a rock formation to have a bit of "team time". As you can see below, we were always surrounded. We never failed to draw a crowd everywhere we went.

Here in the States we are quick to respect the "personal space" of those around us. We can get really uncomfortable if someone enters our "personal space". Not so in Africa. They are a close people.

The shouts of “Muzungu” (which means “white person or whitie”) by the children as you pass never failed to bring a smile to my face. You see, the term is one of honor and the Ugandans consider it a blessing when “visitors” come to them.
They peeked in the windows where our tents were set up while on Llolwe Island.

Or, on the other extreme, you experience complete silence and the beauty of God’s creation on the islands in Lake Victoria. The waves lapping along the shores, breezes blowing through the trees, the beautifully colorful birds, the monkeys playing in the rocks or trees all spoke of God’s presence there. Rainbows greeted us one morning on Llolwe Island and another evening while on safari.

Whether experiencing the silent beauty of Africa or the constant chaos of the children crowding around, the diversity of sound that was Africa to us was beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by! More to come!!

1 comment:

Lurline said...

You are blessed - thanks for sharing!
Hugs - Lurline♥