poverty

2013 October

When the poor come knocking

2014-02-19T07:57:55-05:00October 21st, 2013|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Friday, September 20, 2013) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ It was late and dark and unusual because the visitor lives hours away and I didn’t expect him. But he came anyway and sat at my front door and cried and told me all about it, how thieves had come the night before. He had been at church, he explained, at one of those all-night prayer services common in this part of Africa, when the rats did it, when they broke in and cleaned out his house. Clothing, furniture, cash I had recently given for his kids’ schooling, everything gone by sunrise.

2013 April

Mourning in Uganda with a change of clothes

2015-01-13T19:06:46-05:00April 15th, 2013|Categories: New Vision, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The New Vision Online - Monday, April 15, 2013) JINJA, UGANDA ✦ It's Monday morning and I sit in a Jinja café wearing a bright tie, blue shirt, navy blazer and brown pants, but I’m wishing I could start the day over and wear black from my neck to my feet, everything as black as the black in Uganda’s flag. This, as I read the latest news report of Black Monday, the growing citizens campaign pointing out what we already know, that Ugandans need to mourn, to grieve, to be saddened for their deepening losses, losses from thefts of public funds that are key to the wellbeing of this nation.

2013 January

Here is Africa. Don’t be afraid

2014-02-19T09:23:53-05:00January 25th, 2013|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Friday, January 25, 2013) ARUSHA, TANSANIA ✦ Edward should be fired. I can't trust Alice. And our piano and laptop won’t resurface any more than anyone will know what happened to that $13 million. This is how it’s going around here. Not right here, actually. I’m on business one country over, just southeast from my home in Uganda. At the moment I’m drinking a cider of sorts, what the gentleman beside me called 'rotten apples,' a pretty good name, I think, for my recent experiences.

2012 December

Once, there was a poor, young girl …

2018-07-22T21:03:18-04:00December 15th, 2012|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ Once there was a little Ugandan girl who loved school. The girl, who had been an orphan when she was younger, loved learning new things and making new friends and pretty well everything about it, especially the stories. Maybe she loved school all the more because of her years as an orphan, which started in a hospital in Mbarara, in western Uganda, where she was left abandoned when she was barely larger than a cat. There she was given all she ever owned, her name, Hannah.

2012 December

Say ‘Yes’ to inspiring others

2013-02-14T08:08:22-05:00December 1st, 2012|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We know little about them, these grandparents—if they came to babysit on Friday nights or if they maybe played checkers with the curly-haired, laughing boy while he grew in wisdom and stature.