There is never a dull day in the far north eastern part of Uganda, even though the land bleeds from the burns of the scotching rays of sunlight, the people still resilient as ever wear the emblems of their culture with pride as they traverse the far stretched plains.
Since the year 2014, Karimojong have come together in a cultural event meant to showcase the Karamoja Sub region regalia and norms. The event brings together all the people from the nine districts in the Karimojong Subregion namely; Moroto, Abim, Nakapiripirit, Nabilakuti, Amudat, Kotido, Kaabong, Karenga and Napak.
The event also attracts participants from Teso, Lango, Turkana, South Sudan and Ethiopia who share similar historical backgrounds as Ateker.
Representing the United Kingdom Karamoja community, Eng. Teddy Curram showed up in her traditional Karimajong attire ready to stomp the grounds in Matany town council, Napak district.
“As a heritage practitioner and charity enthusiast, the event is a great platform to interact with collaborative contacts for charity work and also to learn more about the Karamoja communities and cultures.” Says Mrs. Curram.
Mrs. Teddy Loumo Curram is an engineer, human rights advocate and philanthropist who traces her roots from the land of Karamoja.
“I used the event as an opportunity to meet the beneficiaries who benefited from the donation of sanitary pads Karamoja Community UK Foundation in collaboration with Allied Karamoja Community in Uganda championed early this year.” She adds.
Mrs. Loumo Teddy was accompanied by her fellow human rights advocate and member of AIDO Network International Mrs. Elizabeth Ngare from Kenya.
The week-long event was highlighted by the launch of the building of a mass grave monument where Karimojong were killed during President Idi Amin’s regime while resisting modern clothing and preferring their traditional attire and regalia.
The Karamoja Cultural event commenced on the 06th of September 2023 and ended on the 09th of the same.
Engineer Teddy is the Director of Aido Ubuntu Directorate and Mrs Elisabeth Ngare is the Head of Culture Aido Kenya Chapter. AIDO Network international takes pride in the great work all Aidoers engage in to support AIDO’s vision.
Written by: Agnes Namale.