March 23, 2010 Poisoning people in Uganda - by Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann

I again flew 9 hours, but this time southwards - to Uganda. From Entebbe we drove to Kampala to pick up Ellady. Ellady works for Toxic Free Malaria Control in Uganda and he will join us on our trip to Lira in the north of Uganda.

The roads are very bad and after 5 hours of potholes we finally arrive in Lira. We sleep in a hotel where some of the rooms are little round huts. I have trouble sleeping because of the noises, the birds and later the frogs. The next morning I find out that I have my own frogs in the bathroom! Little yellow ones! I sleep better now that I know who is making these noises.

We leave to visit a village where spraying with DDT has taken place against the people’s will. The landscape is beautiful, so green – I had imagined a dry countryside. But we pass mango and papaya trees – fruit I only know from the supermarket. Along the road we pass children, they all wave and we wave back. We arrive in  the village and children come to see who we are. I guess they don’t get foreign visitors too often. People live in round huts with straw roofs. I later learn that the walls are made of cow dung, but surprisingly it doesn’t smell in the houses. The dung also keeps the house cool. Usually the houses don’t have windows, so it’s pretty dark inside. Outside the house people have a little fireplace where they cook. So actually the houses are only for sleeping. All activities happen outside.

We hear singing and follow the sound. It is Sunday and we realize the singing is coming from a church. But what a church. We arrive at a half finished house (roof and one wall are missing). About 20 people and children are singing and dancing, what an atmosphere! They are all so energetic and happy. One woman is playing the ‘drums’ – it’s a plastic bucket, but it sounds just great with the singing.

The priest tells us that they use this house until the church has been built. They are very open and friendly and say a prayer for us. They start singing again and we continue our trip.

In another village we visit Sophia, a remarkable woman with a strong mind. She lives with her husband and 4 kids. She makes us lunch, a kind of pancakes with egg inside, eggplant and tapioca. I don’t dare to drink the water, even when they say it’s boiled. I am afraid to become sick.

Like all her fellow villagers Sophia is a farmer. They aim to grow organic cotton, but since the government has been spraying DDT against their will they can’t sell their harvest as organic any more. They lost a badly needed income. If the cotton contains a trace of poison like DDT they earn less money on the harvest. Sophia tells me that once she was put in prison because she refused to let her house be sprayed. But she doesn’t give up – she continues her fight for justice. I meet fellow villagers and they tell me their stories; one can’t imagine what they are going through. Involuntary abortion occurs a lot in this region. Even the wife of one of the sprayers lost her unborn baby, but the husband ignores the fact – I guess he’s paid very well for his spraying. Other people tell how they lost their chickens which had eaten dead insects after the spraying. But who shall help these people? Ellady and I sit down to discuss with the villagers. Most are against the spraying, they say it has no effect, the mosquitoes return soon again after the spraying and there’s more malaria than ever. Ellady tells about what happened to the sprayers who were not instructed how to protect themselves. It’s so shocking! Why should they be sprayed with poison, why not spend the money on alternatives like mosquito nets?

 








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