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I’ve worked in Uganda for many years. I work in the field of International Development, and my passion for my colleagues and my work in general keeps me alive. Even whilst being totally depressed and unable to even pack my suitcase, I always make it to Uganda.
Nobody, including my wife, can understand why this happens. It’s like Tinkerbell from Peter Pan stands over me and covers me in in fairy dust for however long i’m there. Then, upon my return home, I unwillingly plunge myself back into the abyss that was waiting for me to return.
I love Uganda and it’s a place that has had a massive impact on my life. In spite of being there on so many occasions (I’ve actually lost count of how many times i’ve been there), one image always stays with me. The first time we passed through the village [in which I currently work], I saw a young guy, maybe 18-years-old, down a pretty big hole. He was covered from head to foot in mud. The sun was searing. I asked my friend what he was doing.
‘Making bricks,’ my friend replied. ‘I wouldn’t fancy it myself – tough work.’
I caught the eye of the brick maker. I’m not sure what I was expecting to see, but his eyes conveyed a certain sense of zeal and determination. He was doing his job. And he seemed proud of it. To this day, I remember the guy building bricks. If I ever get so low that I can’t even get out of bed to make some tea or whatever, I think of him.
He’s my inspiration in a way. If he can build bricks in the sweltering African sun, with no clothes on his back, with mud all over his face and probably, without any clean water to refresh himself, then i can lift my sorry ass out of bed and put the kettle on. It’s a powerful thought, and I often wonder how he would react if I told him how often i think about him.
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