Congo visits Kampala

Laura had a big surprise for me last Wednesday. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. A team from Oicha (where we both have been working in the early nineties) had been working on the Ssesse Islands for a couple of weeks and on their way back they stopped at the AIM Office in Kampala. Matoke Inn, AIM Guesthouse in Kampala, is just next to it. So we could visit together. It was real fun to see friends from Oicha again after three years.

The group from Oicha

The group from Oicha

Laura Hickey with Saa Mbili (left) and Helene (right)

Laura Hickey with Saa Mbili (left) and Helene (right)

Part of the group with a happy missionary

Part of the group with a happy missionary

The whole group including Laura and I

The whole group including Laura and I

Kakwa County security
Security is slowly returning in the area. People who have left Ingbokolo are returning and even walking on the streets in the early evenings. Oral exams have taken place for the students in their final year of secondary school and other students continue to go to school. MONUSCO has a presence now in the area.
I am travelling to Arua on Tuesday and from there I will monitor the situation. Last Friday I received a multiple entry visa for Uganda for six months which is great. It will facilitate me leaving Congo and entering Uganda without having to pay $50 per entry into Uganda. Now…I have to enter at least four times to play equal, because with interpol (where I had to get a certificate of good behavior) and travel in Kampala I almost paid $200. However, I don’t think four times will be a problem.

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