We are celebrating Christmas day this week, taking place on the 25th December. Here, in Kitgum, the people are really, really happy to welcome the Lord Jesus Christ. Because people know he’s the one who’s come to resolve the problem. So you find the people get together, organise like nothing else and some kill big cattle for the family, so that everybody eats and celebrates.
Then, also, the first of January - the New Year - people also celebrate it because they are happy, because they have entered the New Year. New Year and Christmas day you find that people are just happy, they live to enjoy what they prepare, drinking, eating. If you go to the communities you will find people are eating meats, the roasted ones, the fresh ones.
So to me, I am also happy because I’m Christian - with the condition I have - if it had been without the power of the Lord Jesus Christ, I wouldn’t be talking now, I would already be dead long time. I’m happy that the Lord Jesus Christ is our saviour, though we are organising for the battle. In our family we will celebrate the day but not to the extent we used to do it in previous times.
I myself am also still on treatment. You’ll find that even though I’ll have Sunday free from the drugs, on Monday these people are still continuing with the leftover food and drink, while I myself will not be enjoying it because I will be on the medication once more. I know for sure I will celebrate the day differently to previous times because of this drug. It will interfere with some of my enjoyment with those who are healthy and free to meet their friends, free to meet the relatives….
You find that people living in Kampala will leave to come back to the village to the house of their grandfathers, to their mothers and there will be their relatives. Because that’s the time people get together in Kitgum and Uganda as a whole. Christmas day and the first of January every year, people leave Kampala people and America and everywhere else and come back to their original land. So that’s the way people celebrate the day in Kitgum.