One of the challenges of trying to launch an innovative non-profit organization in a former war zone is that on any given day, you can run into serious and unexpected problems that can impede your progress.One story from a couple of months ago best illustrates these surprises and challenges: One morning, I received a call … Continue reading Obstacles We Face are Daunting
It’s been a long while since I have updated my blog here. A lot has been happening with BOSCO since I last posted about our human rights monitoring initiative that we are doing. In fact, you may not have known this, but between the last time I posted and now, I spent about 7 weeks … Continue reading A long overdue update!
The LRA seems to be active in the Congo, and waiting to play a role in Southern Sudan destabilization. See the article The deadly cult of Joseph Kony While the world watches one conflict in Congo, another is raging – inspired by a sadistic rebel leader with a taste for black magic. Daniel Howden reports … Continue reading News of Nov ’08 LRA activity
One of the greatest tragedies of the war in northern Uganda over the past twenty years is the devastation it has inflicted on the civilian population and especially on the youth. Throughout most of the conflict, the LRA rebels employed a strategy which terrorized those living in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps by abducting youth—both … Continue reading The youth search for peace
After only a few weeks working in the idp campss, I am already beginning to understand the complexities of development work. Whenever a service is provided or a material item is provided to people who are in very vulnerable situations, such as the internally displaced persons around Gulu, the implications of this give-take relationship can … Continue reading The possibilities!
BOSCO has lost a fine asset in Philipp Glaser, who is now returning to his home in Europe. Philipp served one year in a volunteer position as our local network administrator in Gulu. In his time in Uganda he trained a team of local technicians, taught community members how to make use of the BOSCO … Continue reading Farewell Philipp!
Hello everyone. I thought a few updates were appropriate as of now. Our web site has added a new link, to Oxfam-Australia’s “Refugee Realities: Your Rights in Crisis“. This site has first hand accounts from IDP camp dwellers on the conditions of their day to day existence in these hopeless places. We hope that viewing … Continue reading New Deployment Preparation and Web Updates
Over a year ago I made my first trip to Uganda. I had just received a research grant from Notre Dame to spend a couple weeks during Christmas break studying the effects of globalization on the spirituality of the Ugandan people. While on my flight to Uganda, I was waiting in line for the restroom … Continue reading An introduction from Kevin Bailey, Notre Dame graduate 2008
Kevin arrived in Kampala early this morning; Matt’s plane from Newark was delayed, and he missed his flight from Amsterdam. He’ll arrive on July 10th shortly before 1 pm, and the two of them will travel with Stefan to Gulu later that day. It will be great for the collaboration to have both Kevin and … Continue reading Kevin and Matt in Kampala
Greetings to everyone on the BOSCO Newsletter from Gus Zuehlke. It’s remarkable to see how BOSCO has multiplied in sites searchable on Google since we launched the project One thing which has fascinated me is the visits we have been getting on our website from all corners of the world! I hope this newsletter will … Continue reading Greeting from Gus