Notes from Natives

By Victor Block
This item appears on page 23 of the May 2021 issue.

“Most people travel to UGANDA to see our wide variety of wildlife, but another kind of life is equally interesting: our people. We’re one of the poorest countries in the world, but we’re happy, and we like to meet visitors. When we’re working, tilling soil on steep hillsides or tending animals, we love to chat with our neighbors and catch up with village gossip. And if people from other countries ask us to pose for photos with a bundle on our head, we’re glad to do so. No tip required.” — Emmy Mukisa, housewife/mother, Kampala, Uganda (March 2019). Photo and interview (through an interpreter)

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