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"I want to be a nurse." (Jinja, Uganda)


"I want to be a nurse." (Jinja, Uganda)

"I row 16 kilometers per day. A few weeks ago, I was in Germany...


"I row 16 kilometers per day. A few weeks ago, I was in Germany for the Junior World Championships. My goal is to make the Olympics one day.

"What’s the most important thing your mother has taught...


"What’s the most important thing your mother has taught you?" “If you buy food, you should always eat it with someone else.” (Kampala, Uganda)

"I want to be an engineer.""What advice would you give other...


"I want to be an engineer." "What advice would you give other engineers?" "If you build a house that collapses, you’re going to get arrested.

"I’ve sold fish in the market for the last thirty years,...


"I’ve sold fish in the market for the last thirty years, because I never had the chance to go to university.

"Do you remember the saddest moment of your life?""It’s my...


"Do you remember the saddest moment of your life?" "It’s my secret." (Kampala, Uganda)

"I spent four years studying to get a degree in law, and...


"I spent four years studying to get a degree in law, and I’ve spent almost as long trying to find a job.

"I have to work thirteen hours a day, so I don’t get to...


"I have to work thirteen hours a day, so I don’t get to see her very much. But I’m getting older. So I’m afraid if I don’t work all I can now, there might be a time that I can’t support my family anymore." (Kampala, Uganda)

"Do you remember the happiest moment of your life?""One day, I...


"Do you remember the happiest moment of your life?" "One day, I was sent home from my final exams because my mother had not been able to pay the registration fees.

"Some old man suggested we climb a tree. We thought he was...


"Some old man suggested we climb a tree. We thought he was crazy, but we found two fruits up there. One was really big, and the other was small.

"What’s the most important thing your dad has ever taught...


"What’s the most important thing your dad has ever taught you?" "If someone hurts your feelings, don’t worry, because that person will also have a turn to get their feelings hurt.

"My mother and I did not have a good relationship, but we grew...


"My mother and I did not have a good relationship, but we grew much closer after my daughter was born.

"They sometimes ask me about their grandmother, and I only tell...


"They sometimes ask me about their grandmother, and I only tell them about the good times. I don’t want to worry them with all the things my mother and I had to go through when I was growing up." "What’s your fondest memory of your mother?

"My brother and I got in a fight, and now he can’t get a...


"My brother and I got in a fight, and now he can’t get a job. So he’s actually convinced I put a voodoo spell on him." (Kampala, Uganda)

"The landlord doesn’t care how much furniture you’ve...


"The landlord doesn’t care how much furniture you’ve sold this month." (Kampala, Uganda)

"A few days before she died, my mom called us all together and...


"A few days before she died, my mom called us all together and told us that she’d had a dream. She said that she dreamed she had died, and that she met my dad in heaven.

"What’s your greatest struggle as a teacher?""I have to be...


"What’s your greatest struggle as a teacher?" "I have to be strict to help them improve. But if I’m strict, they think I’m against them." (Kampala, Uganda)

"Who’s the better player?""I am. He’s too scared to...


"Who’s the better player?" "I am. He’s too scared to sacrifice his pieces. He hasn’t learned that sometimes you need to lose two to gain three." (Kampala, Uganda)

"Do you remember the proudest you’ve ever felt of your...


"Do you remember the proudest you’ve ever felt of your daughter?" "At church one Sunday, the preacher was giving a sermon about nonviolence.

I asked the mother for a photo, but she said the decision was up...


I asked the mother for a photo, but she said the decision was up to her son. So I asked the boy. He stood up, walked over, looked me up and down, and said: “Prove to me you’re not a terrorist.” (Kampala, Uganda)


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