Month: July 2013

Series, Taxi Tales

Taxi Tales: Old School Taxis

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: When I was much younger and started travelling in taxis (kamunyes'), I used to sit on the 'kameme' with the conductor. Remember that? It used to be that children under 10 years old had no business taking up space on the 'adult' seats. Neither did the conductor. Even then it was illegal to sit on the […]

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Complaining!

By Lebogang Sewela, South Africa: There are plenty of malevolent spirits that tend to trouble many Christians, such as 'the spirit, of fear, the spirit laziness and many more others'. There is one explicit spirit that I want to focus on, that which is the spirit of complaining. Recently I learned that many Christians battle with this one spirit. I […]

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Anything

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: Today your smile was a little stronger, A little less brittle than before. Your hug a little tighter, Arms encircling my heart. Your pulse steadier, Beating to no worries at the time. I lean in to hear your voice, Unwavering as you ask me to stay. I can feel the resolve in your words, You are […]

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Series, Taxi Tales

Taxi Tales: Travelling Sick

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: I had the sort of headache where I was sure there was a Nkoba za Mbogo drummer somewhere in my head furiously drumming away, as the Kabaka approached his row. The headache was so bad that I stumbled through the daylight with slit eyes. I was ill. I did not know how I would make it home […]

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When more is not enough

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: I found more, When I walked out of the warmth of your arms into the freezing cold. I looked beyond you and me, There were so many other little things to fill up the space. I tested the boundaries of our love to see if they were real. I found addiction and obsession, things more powerful […]

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Illusions of a Bachelor, Series

Illusions of a Bachelor: The Wild (2)

By Aaron Aroriza, Uganda: “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware”. I'm inclined to agree with Martin Buber on this. We set off from camp late afternoon on our journey back to civilization. Twenty five kilometers later, in a place with no mobile network, the car developed a severe mechanical problem. It had had enough. Two […]

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Taxi Tales: A surprising change

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: He had said he was leaving her, again. That much of their story we could tell in the taxi: From her conversation, she had been pleading since she got onto the taxi. She had looked for an empty seat, her preferred seat next to the window, second last row from the back, got out her phone […]

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