Brieven uit Oeganda
The situation here is still bad, with rebels continuing with abduction, killing and burning houses, collecting items from the local people and ambushing vehicles on the way. And even my younger brother has been abducted. I lost my grandmother on the 15th January. She was the only one who was looking after my younger brothers and sisters. We were left as orphans after both my parents were burned inside the house during my abduction. Now there is nobody to look after the kids. So I am afraid they may end up being thieves when I am at school, as they have nothing to eat. I really appreciated the photographs you sent. I have put them in the first page of my album and I keep looking at them every day. Keep writing to me because if I don't receive a reply, it makes me think you might have forgotten of me.
I am very happy to inform you that the chance you have given me through your sponsorship programme has created a very big help to me and my parents. We, the disadvantaged children, have seen that we still have caring people like you who mind about our education. I therefore promise that I shall put all my efforts in the course I have started so as to excel in it and leave chances for others who may have similar problems to mine so that we benefit equally. I wish you all the best as you continue struggling for our future.
I am not very fine. As you know we are faced with the problem of insecurity caused by the LRA rebels. So I am confused what to tell you because everything I have prepared for you like results of the second and third term was taken by those rebels when I was coming back from my holiday, and many other things like schoolbag, shoes, identity card. So, daddy, never lose hope that I am not sending you my results.
Your dear son,