“A New Dawn” Photo Exhibition

04 Dec

Northern Uganda. The North. Up North.

Most of us (Ugandans), are not really sure what to make of Northern Uganda. Most of us make our judgment about this region from what is reported in the Newspapers or on Television. Some of us think: War, IDP Camps, Kony, Mutilation, LRA, Abduction, Terror – when Northern Uganda comes to mind. If you tried Google Images related to Nothern Uganda, you get: child soldiers, hunger, sickness.

On Friday 2nd December, I had the privilege of attending the preview of the “A New Dawn” exhibition at one of Kampala’s awesome hotels.

‘A New Dawn’ is part of the Northern Uganda Transition Initiative (NUTI), which has worked hard to repair the administrative infrastructure of the region. The project consisted of five professional photographers working throughout all affected areas to produce images of the new peace, while simultaneously mentoring 10 students from Ugandan universities in the art of taking pictures.

One of the main reasons for this photo exhibition was to show what is actually going on in Northern Uganda. A DVD documenting stories from different districts in Northern Uganda was given out at the preview. Stories of a people determined to rebuild their homeland one piece at a time. The War is Over, now what? What is going on? What are people doing? Did you know Northern Uganda is not just Gulu?

People fishing to support their families, leaving IDP camps to settle on their original land, demolishing empty houses that have become habitats for criminals and criminal activity, working their land – planting Sugar Cane, Citrus, Cassava, winowing Rice. Children swimming, boys playing basketball, children walking to school and passionate teachers ready to take on their charges.

Resilience. Smiles. Joy. A New Beginning.

Improved Infrastructure: Road maintenance along the Soroti-Serere road. With increased accessibility, commerce and services can now go closer to the grass roots where they are most needed. Volunteers demolish one of the Huts in Palabek Kal IDP camp. More than 70 percent of the communities in the Acholi sub region have voluntarily returned to their original homes and to rebuilding their lives

Young Acholi men play basketball in the late afternoon in Kitgum town. The town was repeatedly attacked during the war, but life is beginning to return to normal

Afisher man scarting his net into the river Nile in Mamasali landing site in Amolatar

A young Acholi girl pumps a bore-hole in Kitgum. With support from donor agencies and implementing partners to the government, bore hole coverage in the district has improved greatly

A woman winowing of rice at lelesi miling machine in Butaleja district

Fresh start: Displaced from Amuru District by the LRA, he works two jobs; as a security guard and small-time business man in Juba township, Tororo District, where he and his family relocated to

Nile Fishing. Onyoli, a fisherman, paddles his canoe on the River Nile

*All photographs are property of ‘A New Dawn Photo’ Campaign.

So to all the creative minds and entrepreneurs, if you are looking for land filled with opportunity and potential, a people willing to learn and take charge of their future; then Northern Uganda is the place for you.

If you would like to go to the exhibition or know someone who would be interested  – or anyone interested in Northern Uganda, it will be at the Railway Square, Kampala, from the 5th to the 10th of December, showcasing images of the peace and recovery of northern Uganda.


Posted by on December 4, 2010 in Life


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6 responses to ““A New Dawn” Photo Exhibition

  1. jake

    December 4, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    My trip to Lira last year was sooo delightful. I went there to work and there was loads of stress but somehow, i was happy there.

    I will go back there again.

  2. thismmindzs

    December 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    the fishing pics are solid.

  3. lulu

    December 7, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    u got an education….

  4. mbabazi

    December 9, 2010 at 11:11 am

    these photos are amazing. authentic and story telling. good job to those guys.

  5. Andy

    December 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Yes, the fishing pic is sold. It is by Zam Nakito, a student of Nkumba University. She was my student during the exercise. I am proud of her. Who ever gave you the pics should have given you their names for credits. Beautiful post though.

    • therisingpage

      December 31, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      Hey Andy,
      I got the pictures from the New Dawn Facebook Page – but at the actual exhibition: the Photographers are credited.
      They are very talented!!


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