Lockdown extension and a little reminder
Ten days ago the announcement of the Health Minister gave hope that schools could reopen on April 27th. Questions about the measures that would support it quickly cast some doubts: Should the children be tested prior the reopening? 15 million children? The number speaks for itself: it is simply not feasible. Anyway, what would it change after all when the children go back home every day.
Yesterday the reopening of the schools has been cancelled with no further date given.
Everywhere, the decision of lockdown was a fairly easy matter, getting out of it is deemed to be a real challenge, presumably in Africa more so than elsewhere because of limited means for measures supporting it such as testing, masks, etc.
Last Tuesday the lockdown has been extended for another 3 weeks to May 5th in Uganda.
On the next day, Joel and Adolphe came as usual to help in the garden and while we had breakfast (the only token of compensation that they gratefully receive for their hard work), I, still grinding my disappointment and frustration, had this unfortunate exclamation: “What a life!” No reaction… Indeed, they don’t need to be told: after arriving to Kampala as refugees, they have spent 2 years unable to go to school or undertake anything else. Confinement without end date…
Yes, we are very disturbed by the fact that our precious freedom is temporarily restricted, for how many and how many young people is it just normal life?
Thanks to Joel and Adolphe, who joyfully put all their energy in this garden: their presence is a real solace through this annoying time.