Saba Saba day


Yesterday Rob and I returned from a lovely break in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. We stayed on the edge of Lake Tanganyika and lazed by the pool and drank nice coffee and generally recharged the batteries. We didn’t see a lot of Bujumbura but what we saw was very busy much like Dar es Salaam. The drive through the mountains across Burundi was nice - very windy in places but the scenery was beautiful. The boys and mum were all very pleased to see us safely home. We certainly hope to return for another holiday with the boys before coming back to Australia. mitchell and Mahoza

Today was another public holiday in Tanzania (there are many). Today was Saba Saba Day (7th of the 7th) I think it is Peasants' Day. Next months one is Nane Nane (8th of the 8th) which I think is Farmers' Day. By chance we had arranged for James to cook bananas and beans for us today (being Godriva‘s day off). It turned into quite a party. We invited Godriva and her husband and Rob's Godson Mahoza (our boys love Mahoza) to join us and George and Ephraim of course who were working here today. Steve and Amber came from next door and we had a lovely afternoon of chakula and soda (as all good Africa parties do). I told James, Ephraim and George that often when it is a public holiday in Australia people get together for a BBQ or a picnic so we were enjoying the same tradition for Saba Saba.

Later in the afternoon Audyui arrived for some tutoring but I told him no study today as it was a holiday and we all headed up to the field with the frisbee for a game of Ultimate Frisbee. We also took up the soccer ball so had to share the field with those who preferred the round ball game to the Frisbee one.

chakulaWe had a great couple of hours of ‘physical exercise’ and time of chatting with the locals. We met a fellow who seemed a little confused and I wondered if he had been drinking. Ephraim explained to me that he used to be very intelligent but in Africa people are jealous of those who do well at school and especially speak good English.  He said that this boy had been cursed by wizards due to his intelligence. If this is indeed the case it is very sad. The boy, probably about 20 years old, appeared to me like he had an expressive dysphasia (for all you neuro types). His words made sense but his sentences were jumbled. He was clearly a well-educated boy who just now was all muddled. Ephraim shared with me that he never speaks English when he is out in the villages as people get jealous of your education and at school they hate him because the teachers always refer to him for help. How can we encourage these kids to study hard and do well at school to better their lives when they are not even supported and encouraged by their communities?

Friday tomorrow. Rob and I need to catch up with Dr Sue and Trevor who are visiting from Guernsey at Tumaini Fund. Rob also needs to get back up in the Diocese office roof to wire up the Bishops office so he too can have Internet – Rob's really looking forward to that!!!

Lake Tanganyika


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