10 of us went white water rafting, and by some strange miracle, we actually lived to tell you about it.
It was just absolutely
amazing, 4 of the rapids were grade 5 (grade 6 being the highest, and
6 means that you only survive by luck!!!). Our first Grade 5 had a wave
known as the G-Spot. My boat, which was aiming for a middlish experience,
ended up hiting the G-spot - and didn't we know it. It
Anyway, we will have to tell you more when we get home, as time is limited here.
We have just heard from the 4 up Elgon. All of them made it to the top, at around 3am on Sunday morning, and then completed the 28km and 3,200 meter descent by 5pm on Sunday! We are planning to re-group with them this evening.
On Tuesday 5
August, Network Co-ordinator Alan Beavis visited WINGS - Windsor International
Guides and Scouts Camp being held in the Queen's 'back garden' at Windsor
contingent of Uganda Scouts and Guides did not arrive due to visa problems.
It is easy for a tourist or Scout visitor to see all that is good about Uganda and its people but even during the UNITE visit in 1994 it was clear that danger was never far away with many areas of the country "out of bounds".
This latest report which appears on the Uganda Scout Association's Web Site brings home the stark reality of the how the lives of ordinary Ugandans are brutalised by the continuing war in the north of the country.
The first visit by UK Scouts took place in 1996 when it was only really possible to fly into Lira. On approaching Lira where the Bishop was waiting for the llight aircraft to arrive the pilot decided to circle the air strip to look for rebel activity. Near to touch down he suddenly pulled full throtle and aborted the landing shouting about the rebels on the edge of the aircraft - they turned out to be Scouts and Guides.
Now some 7 years later contacts in Lira are still difficult.
Othere news items about Uganda 2003