Category: Reflections

Reflections

To Be Vulnerably Honest

By Denise Kavuma (MD), Uganda Five years ago, in a moment that felt much like this one, I was surprised by the realisation that I had developed compassion fatigue. That somewhere in my two years of medical practice, I had subconsciously decided to take a step back from empathy. What could possibly lead me to such a drastic step? None […]

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The Empathetic

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe   One of the pitfalls of being a writer, or simply enjoying the spoken word, is the tendency to overthink. Your mind races to a million different possibilities about the most minute of details, soaring above the landscape of every different turn of events before settling on maybe a dozen or so to focus on. It […]

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The Gift of Stories

By Edith Kembabazi, Uganda I am a bibliophile, what the wordsmiths define as a collector and lover of books. In my formative years, reading was my first love and writing, a very close second. As the years went by, I grew to love writing more and more until there came a time when I couldn’t read without writing my thoughts […]

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The Deaths I have Borne

  By Denise Kavuma (MD) Every time I have read a story with even a hint of action, I’ve come across this sentiment: it is not easy to kill. Usually, it is said by some tough-as-nails general with a high kill count, who, in a rare show of humanity, is trying to comfort a wet-behind-the-ears junior that has just killed […]

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Lethargic

By Cynthia Ayeza, Uganda Where are my fellow “2020 is my year” trumpeters? Were we all just masquerading? The year, so far, is anything but the “glam” we hoped it would be. “We…?” You ask? Of course, “We” are in this together. Just the other day, I was considering ignoring my WhatsApp messages. They are far too many, I thought. […]

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