Uganda. Gulu Town. One community. Many, many stories of alcohol harm – and an initiative to bring transformative change. This blog is the beginning of a series exploring how community resolves to tackle alcohol problems and the challenges they face in doing so…
Tessa's Blog Corner
Four years ago my husband and I left New Zealand and moved to Gulu in Northern Uganda, built a grass-thatched hut, learnt Acholi language, and started living and working amongst the community of Lacor center. With a background in political science and social justice campaigning, in Uganda I took on the role of an organizer, asking the questions “what do you want to be different in your neighborhood?” and “how will we make that happen?”
We started an organizing group called ‘Wakonye Kenwa’ with our local church, which now includes a diverse cross section of the community. In 2014, our group decided to tackle the burden of alcohol harm. Specifically, we decided we wanted new local laws, including a ban on the extremely cheap, strong spirits packaged in plastic bottles and sachets that are available everywhere.
This blog chronicles our group’s fight for alcohol local law change in Gulu. Welcome!
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