I have decided that I will be attempting a pilgrimage around Kent via the Viking Coastal Trail. This trail is 32 miles long (which I anticipate will take me approximately 10 hours to finish) and follows the coast of Kent. I shall be continually updating photos and videos of my journey on the hour, hopefully providing witticisms and anecdotes about my journey and the people I meet.
Please sponsor me as I would love greatly to achieve this goal.
There's a place in Northern Uganda called Gulu. The people who live here are very freshly relieved from civil war and a tyrannical governmental rule. Sounds bad, doesn't it? It's actually far worse than that.
People; ordinary men, women and children were devastated by government and rebel forces who terrorized the civillian population. Women were raped and defiled, children were sold into sex-slavery and forcefully enlisted into their armies and people were murdered for no reason. Imagine that.
You know your mother? The woman who heard she was pregnant with you and felt the greatest swell of joy and pride at the notion of getting to meet you. She spent 9 months happily enduring aches, pains, cramps and general discomfort, carrying and preparing you to be brought into this world. Who held you for the first time and saw sheer perfection as a single tear of elation trickled down her cheek and onto your nose. That woman is now lying dead in a pool of her own remains, eyes vacantly staring forward in horror at the unspeakable things inflicted upon her.
Your son? That perfect little human whose arrival into your life brought so much happiness you thought you could burst with pride. That young infant who laughed for the first time and it made you believe that the world was in every way perfect as long as you could gaze upon his smiling face of bewilderment. He's just been forced to stab and rape a young girl who sees him as nothing but a vile monster.
Apologies. These words hurt me to write but we need to understand what these people have been through. Gulu is now a relatively peaceful place now - the terror has declined since the spring of 2007 - but for most of the residents, that in no way signifies an end to their suffering. So many people are living in the remains of what the government and rebel forces enacted upon them, isolated from their community and continually replaying their tragic experiences.
So why do they need our help? ThriveGulu is working to help rebuild their shattered lives through their contiunuing efforts in helping to develop community centres so that people who feel isolated can work through their memories with others, help provide developmental opportunities and mostly help sustain a more pleasant existence, turning survivors into thrivers.
Please help as much as possible.