Acoli Cultural Revival Organization Post 6

The day was a busy one with mass at 7 am followed by a breakfast of scrambled eggs with minced veggies and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on brown bread. The 10 am meeting was only a bit TIA and began at 10:30, but it did not end until 1:45. The first rehearsal for the Collaborative Drama began at 2!

First Rehearsal of the Collaborative Drama

First Rehearsal of the Collaborative Drama

We rehearsed with script in hand for about 4 hours. I am learning a lot about the Acoli way of “storytelling” and they are learning a lot about the western way of creating a drama.

Here are two photos of the same older woman. I first met her in 2013 and she was quite spry, but now has aged considerably.

An Older Lady I met in 2013

An Older Lady I met in 2013

Same Older Lady in 2016

Same Older Lady in 2016

One of the lens popped out of my sunglasses and I went to a tailor hoping he would have a very small screwdriver so I could loosen the frame and pop it back in. We finally did it, but I think the frame is so bent tape will be necessary to keep the lens in. Where is the duct tape when you need it!

Sr. Aida stopped by the shop while Richard and I were in the throes of sunglass repair and stayed until we finished so we could take a stroll down “main street” together and then back to the convent. Sr. Aida is a fabulous and wonderful person. She has such a spirit of joy and is so much fun to converse with. Here are some photos of the children we passed by on our walk.

Young lady who showed up at rehearsal with her mom

Young lady who showed up at rehearsal with her mom

A young lady in the neighborhood

A young lady in the neighborhood

Neighborhood Children On My Walk In the Town Center

Neighborhood Children On My Walk In the Town Center

Young Ladies with Gerry Cans I Met on the Walk Home

Young Ladies with Gerry Cans I Met on the Walk Home

It was so hot she covered her head to stay out of the sun

It was so hot she covered her head to stay out of the sun

An Older Sister Carrying Her Younger Sibling

An Older Sister Carrying Her Younger Sibling

A Young Lady Using a Branch as a Sunshade

A Young Lady Using a Branch as a Sunshade

Yes, there has been a lot of “progress” in Padibe since we first began coming here  9 years ago, but it must be put in perspective. Poverty, disease, and wartime trauma are still the order of the day.

See you tomorrow.
Deacon Rob

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