Our time in Uganda finished up with a week of intense filming up north. Stephanie and Nicki spent time in Gulu with Tony, a former child soldier in the LRA who was forced to serve as one of Joseph Kony's personal bodyguards after being abducted from his school. Tony currently lives at the Cornerstone home for boys in Gulu. He took Stephanie and Nicki to the school where he was abducted and introduced them to his brother and grandfather. Stephanie and Nicki also spent time in an IDP camp before returning to Kampala on Thursday night, where they reunited with Gordon and Noah who have spent the past week editing and filming with Leah, Aylie and Vijay in Kampala.
We will return home tomorrow with a film that is really beginning to take shape, yet still will see much editing in weeks to come. It has emerged with a three-part structure, each part focusing on a different Peace Project (radio storytelling, water treatment, relief for AIDS orphans), and each part using the American students' project as a starting point for profiling Ugandans whose situations these projects seek to affect.
We also return with our bags packed full of woven baskets, musical instruments, lanterns, hides, and other crafts bartered for in the markets here.
See you back in the states!