A boy embraces a hen he hopes to sell for Uganda shillings 23,000 ($6), while his friend embraces newly purchased clothes at Lukodi monthly market in Gulu district, located north of Uganda’s capital, Kampala.
"Alice Imara, 7 , attempts to contain her smile while walking to the neighbor's house to collect foodstuff for her family in Pader district, about 400km north of Kampala, Uganda’s capital. Imara says she hopes to become a tailor when she grows up." Photo by @edward_echwalu #womenslives#girlslives#uganda#onassignment"
The rains are back in Palisa. A few months back, Loreto swamp as seen here was dry with barely any shade of green.
Afternoon commute in Uganda. A woman in the outskirts of the northern city of Gulu walks home. This is part of our ongoing photo series of everyday life in Uganda for @womenslives, captured by photographer @edward_echwalu . You can catch more of Edward's work at @everydayafrica , which features fantastic photographers from across the continent. #uganda#onassignment#womenslives"
“The rebel soldiers took me from my village when I was 12 years old. I was given as a wife to Joseph Kony, [leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army]. I was soon pregnant with a boy.
The baby… it disturbed me. And I figured, it didn’t stand a chance out there in the middle of the fighting. I also worried: what if he inherited his father’s mind? So one day, I walked into a millet field. The baby was asleep, and I laid him on the ground. And I walked away.
I spent several hours thinking about it. And I finally returned. The boy was still asleep. I picked him up and took him back. We spent 7 more years
out there, until we finally managed to escape.
I hear my neighbors talking as I walk by. They say 'Look at her eyes. She’s crazy from all the time she spent out there in the wild.' My son is a wonderful boy. He loves me; I love him. He’s the only person who helps me. Sometimes I look at him, and I remember that time when I almost left him in the millet field. And I think to myself: 'I would have made a mistake.' "
The Ugandan government and the US army recently announced they are calling off the hunt for LRA leader Joseph Kony. Today, many child soldiers and former LRA wives -- and their children-- have returned, and are still figuring out how to live their lives back in society.
@womenslives will be sharing some of their stories in the next few days.
A boy rides a bicycle as another runs after him in a scantly kempt compound of low income residential settlement in Naguru Godown, a suburb in Kampala, Uganda's capital. Rent costs roughly $60 a month. In the back ground are posh, neat and expensive apartments that cost anything between $2000 -$5000 as monthly rent.
A busy street downtown Kampala, Uganda's capital. What makes me hopeful about the future of Uganda are the people. A lot of Ugandans are willing to work extended hours over the line for their future. In the picture, I see a lot of hope. I see a lot of hardwork. I see ambition. I see an energy of persistence. I see progress. And obviously, frustrations, which completes the very definition of life.
Photo by @edward_echwalu #Photojournalism#Uganda#Kampala
An elderly woman sells tangerine and lemon inside Kalerwe Market, located in Kampala, Uganda.
The conflict in South Sudan has crashed so many dreams. Here, a girl from Pariginya refugee settlement stands in front of her primary school classroom. Pagirinya has been open since last July when the violence in South Sudan began, causing nearly 2,000 people to flee across the border into Uganda each day, 65% of them under 18 years. @unrefugees is currently building three schools to accommodate the steady influx of students. On assignment with UN Foundation and @girlupcampaign
Photo by @edward_echwalu #WithRefugees#Uganda#SouthSudan#GirlUp
Two women are silhouetted as they walk past a burning bush in Awasi village, Soroti, located in eastern Uganda.
Soroti is going through an uncharacteristic climate variation in recent times. While extreme temperatures are normal in this part of the country, most of 2016 had an extended dry season. As a result, farmer's plans were disrupted, crops dried up, animals continue to feed less because of limited pastures.
The projections aren't healthy either. A continuation of the current prolonged drought is expected to cause more damage. Already, government has warned of an impending food shortage in Soroti and the surrounding districts, asking people to plan carefully.
A look at my #2016bestnine liked photos by you on instagram. I am forever greatful for your generous time and thoughts in appreciating my craft. I looked forward to having more of this interaction with you in 2017.