My name is Beatrice Wakoli and I work with BeadForLife. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of fear and uncertainty to my country of Uganda. People believe every disease has a cure but since this one doesn’t, it surely must be a punishment from God. “We should repent for our Sins” they say.
Everyone is afraid and because of this, some families are walking back to their villages, a journey that takes them many days. They believe they will be safe and in a better position to care for their families once they leave the city. Living in the village is not easy, but people are more assured of providing food to their families, unlike the city where there are no gardens and work because movement is restricted.
It is difficult to practice social distancing in my congested community of Mutungo, because houses are in close proximity to each other and accommodate large families. I think it could take about a day for the coronavirus to spread to everyone.
On the positive side, the community is vigilant with following hygiene guidelines. The local leaders of this community are playing an important role in ensuring the safety of the residents. Whoever enters our community is subject to compulsory hand-washing. Many hand-washing stations have been set up, including in front of every house, so that by the time one reaches their house, they could have washed their hands about five times.
Every day we wait by the television for news from the Ugandan government and the whole world because we are all connected.