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Jon's Adventures in the Pearl of Africa

It was a long red dirt road through real Africa at dusk — many dim settlements lit by only three naked bulbs, but still humming with life. The road rutted by an afternoon downpour, puddles remained, but one box of textbooks had been delivered, lightening the load in Kacumbe's van, and the afterglow of the experience warmed me from within. Five teachers filled the back seats, sitting on yet to delivered boxes, and told stories of their school day in English and Lugandan, as lightning flickered often revealing the distant cloudscape in the darkening skies. Exotic indeed.
We'd given a shipment of $500 in Ugandan textbooks to Ogur Secondary, a new school, established very near the burial site of 300 civilians slain a decade ago by the Lord's Resistance Army of Joseph Kony. These were the vast flatlands of northern Uganda, near South Sudan, where existence, let alone education, is often tenuous. The appreciation of the staff and the 250 kids seated and singing before me had just…

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