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Bibelkreis, Chor und Weihnachten (Februar 2006)
Agaya at time of admission (11.02.2006)
Agaya when she came to the Nutrition Unit...
Agaya after rehabilitation (11.02.2006)
...some days before discharge from the hospital. Once again an impressive change before and after rehabilitation. The mother had acutally brought her to the hospital, because she was unable to walk with 2 years of age. The parents were completely unaware that the main reason for this was malnutrition.
Part of every feast here is the so-
Beer again (11.02.2006)
If you pass villages during the evening hours you can see everywhere the same picture: people (esp. men) surrounding the beer jars and sucking on their straws.
From December to January usually the main dry season takes place. Except for 2 to
3 short rain falls this months are completely dry -
Some time ago we saw a small cat in our garden. We started giving it some milk in the evening hours and since this time it is coming nearly every day waiting us. When we saw it for the first time, it had just catched a big gecko. We were so impressed how this small cat was able to catch and eat such an huge animal that we gave it the name "Gecko". .
Dried cassava (11.02.2006)
Cassave is a starchy root which is cultivated a lot in this area here. You can eat in in different ways: either you boil it in salty water like potatoes or you can cutt it in pieces and fry it. It is even possible to dry them in the sun and to eat them like potato chips. In this dried form it is possible to store it for a long time period and to grind it to flour. The picture shows us when we went to visit friends in a village. The woman is giving us the dried cassava chips to taste. In the back you can see the local storage system: in this small huts on stands the food is stored. The dress of the lady is the traditional costume of the Iteso.
Chicken in the hospital (11.02.2006)
If someone wants to express his gratitude, he will give you a chicken. And in this
was we received from time to time a chicken from former patients. The first time
when one lady came to me and handed over a fluttering chicken I was a bit confused.
I didn´t even know how to hold it, let alone how to keep it. But it is not so difficult:
it is tied with its legs to a bed or something else in the ward, then you give some
millet (which we have always here for the children) and water. After some days you
can even release it -
This 6 year old bay weight only 10 kg when he came to the NU. He was suffering from
AIDS and most probably also from tuberculosis. His twin brother died already some
years ago. He seems to respond to the rehabilitation inspite of his condition: he
gained already 1,5 kg. Eventually we know that his improvement will be only for a
short period of time, but in the moment he is regaining at least a bit of his quality
of life. Since he is feeling better, we are having a lot of fun with him. He is very
interested in technical things. He always tries to have a closer look at my digital
camera and my phone. We bought him a toy phone, which he is now carrying around the
whole day -
Posho is a sticky pap made out of maize flour. It is one of the very common staple
foods in this area here. On the picture you can see how I am trying to mingle it:
first you have to boil water, then you mix the maize flour with some cold water and
add this mixture to the boiling water. After some minutes of boiling this thin maize
porridge, again a some more maize flour is added. Then you have to mingle seriously,
because the pap is becoming as tough as dough for a bread -
Some time ago I joined the choir of the catholic church. In the beginning it was
quite difficult, because most of the songs are sung in Ateso and in addition the
notation of songs is completely different form ours. On the picture you can see
a song with all 4 voices in the so-
Sweet potatoes (11.02.2006)
Sweet potatoes are one of the main staple foods in Uganda. Nearly every one cultivates them in one of his or her gardens. Therefore they are sometimes also served for the leprosy patients who are cared for by the hospital. On this picture the kitchen just completed boiling the sweet potatoes and now they are brought for serving. Most of the time people eat them with beans or with groundnut sauce. But sometimes they are served just like that with a very sweet milk tea taken as breafast or snack inbetween.
As I wrote already in my last newsletter: there are real christmas trees here during christmas season! The tree on this picture was placed in the room where we have our morning devotions in the hospital together with all hospital staff .
Pictures from Uganda (Februar 2006)
Goats everywhere (11.02.2006)
Actually all animals except for chickens are forbidden to keep within the hospital area. But unfortunately only few people are following this rule. This goats belong to our neighbour. Usually the goats are tied somewhere with one leg, but in the moment they are running around free very often. Even though there is a fence around our garden it is not really an obstacle for the goats. And thus our nice garden furniture is often occupied by them.
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