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Will Carpenter Photographic Journalism Philanthropy

Saint Jude’s Orphanage An orphanage and children’s home run by Brother Elio, a Catholic Brother, in northern Uganda. St. Jude’s began as a safe haven for children from the war, disease and poverty that has plagued northern Uganda for the past thirty years.

1 / Child sleeping on the grass after a long day of playing, chores, and school.

1 / Children at play during a school break

2 / A basic, but clean and always available source of water for the children

1 & 2 / Disabled children at St. Jude’s live and study in the Consolation Home. For children with physical disabilities, education is their only hope to achieve a degree of self-sufficiency and independence.

Life in the Bush For the Acholi people of Northern Uganda, the “bush,� is life removed and remote from the crowds of large towns. In nature, with only family and close neighbors, life slows and becomes more basic, timeless and spiritual. This remoteness comes with the risk of no medical resources and potential lawless behavior. Decades of conflict have led to land disputes and confrontations even within families and tribes.

1 / Giraffes, like most wildlife in Africa, must be protected from poachers. Park Rangers have been known to kill poachers on sight.

2 / Despite hesitance to be on the water, Rafael gives a tour of the local pond.

1 / Fruit is the “candy” of the “bush,” as a mother stands on a table to reach and give bananas to her child in a one-room hut sectioned off by a decorative cloth.

2 / Locals participating in a village ritual.

1 / Slaughtering animals for food is an expected and normal activity for all community members. These images are common even for children.

2 / Mourners gather around a grave site.

1 / Radio is a big part of African life. Radios are commonly cobbled together from miscellaneous old and unused parts.

2 / This village elder still works his fields every day. While visiting, he offered to catch monkeys for us.

A Visit to the Witch Doctor Most Ugandans, Christians, Muslims or traditionalist, believe in spirits, curses and possession. Many people turn to witch doctors to deal with psychological problems and unusual issues. However, many of the witch doctors don’t want to be called “witch doctors”; they prefer to be call “traditional healers.” Whatever they are called, these people provide a low cost, frequently more accessable source of care. The witch doctors have their impressive arrays of shells, skulls, roots. With the help of their props and enthralling demeanor, they are good at convincing the patient that something mystical and beneficial is happening. Everyone realizes that some witch doctors are fakes, but most believe that the magic of true witch doctors is real.

Becoming the Chief The initiation of Yusuf Adek as a Ugandan chief of the Pageya clan. Chief Adek was politically involved during the Kony (LRA) insurgency, and ultimately became a delegate to the Juba Peace Talks in 2006. In the summer of 2013, in a ceremony that lasted three days, he became the chief of a large clan of the Acholi people.

1 / Seated second from the right, Chief Yousef Adek lives inside a specially built hut for three days before coming outside for his initiation celebration.

3 / Kokoza Mutale, the kind of Bachwezi and a guest of honor, is a presidential advisor on political affairs and former army officer. The man at left is one of this piritual advisors, living as an ascetic nomad.

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Will Carpenter | Northern Uganda  

A selection of photographs taken from ten months spent amongst the Northern Ugandan community.