Browsing Archives of Author »Asha Tanna«

Return to The Budongo Forest Reserve

June 28, 2014

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When I emailed my Ugandan friends from the conservation field station and told them I was coming back after two years they couldn’t believe it. I only had a small window to get to Budongo in western Uganda. Uncle Charlie and I have had a pretty mental travel schedule using various buses and staying probably […]

Dream Team Football Academy Rwanda

June 25, 2014

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Here’s the report I filed from Rwanda last week which went out on Arise News on Friday. I spoke to one genocide survivor who has founded a football academy bringing young people together through sport.

Back Across The Border

June 23, 2014

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The journey back to Uganda began very early. We decided to catch the first bus leaving at 0600 to try to hit Kampala at a reasonable hour. No wifi this time, smaller seats and lots of screaming babies for ten hours. Ah well the first experience was too good to be true. Crossing the border […]

Rwanda Genocide

June 21, 2014

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This is about our past and our future. Our nightmare and dreams. Our fears and our hopes which is why we begin where we end with the country we love. This is the first thing you read when you enter Kigali’s Genocide Memorial. The visit is a harrowing experience and the testimonies and photos are […]

Germs

June 20, 2014

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Before I left Kinigi I met up with the director of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), Anna Behm Masozera. It’s one conservation NGO that has teamed up with other big partners to create an online gorilla pledge. The pledge is aimed at tourists and is to safeguard the apes from potential risks we pose. […]

The Gorillas

June 18, 2014

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We must have trekked for about an hour and a half until we came to a stop. The air was crisp, cool but damp. The smell of the vegetation up there is unbelievable. A cross between eucalyptus, citrus and herbs. Magnificent! I stood inhaling the air deeply, catching my breath. As one conservationist told me, […]

Gorilla Permits and Bureaucracy

June 18, 2014

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This morning my alarm went off at 0600. Today was the day I had been dreaming about for the last four years. I’d seen £450 swiftly leave my bank account in March for a slip of paper that wasn’t quite in my hands yet. Crazy I know. UC and I made a short walk to […]

Musanze

June 15, 2014

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I didn’t really get a chance to explore Kigali. We arrived in the capital at 7pm after ten hours on the bus. Food, shower, bed was the order of play. (View from the motel this morning) This morning after brekkie UC and I headed back to the bus station to head for the mountains. We […]

Rwanda

June 15, 2014

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It’s taken nine hours to get to the Rwandan border with just two pit stops. The roads have been amazingly smooth. Not surprising though given the number of articulated lorries that use this route – it’s tarmac all the way. Along the highway the landscape has changed from terracotta clay with large fields stripped of […]

Uganda

June 14, 2014

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Coming back to Uganda has been a surreal experience. I fell in love with the country and its people after spending four months here in 2012 for my primatology research. In my experience Ugandan’s are generally bubbly, happy and helpful. So far after 2 days in the country this memory has been reaffirmed. The biggest […]

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