One cool July evening as the sun was setting, my colleague and I were walking home from Pader town as we encountered a young man, around 15 years old. He eased into stride alongside us and started to chat. “What is your name?,” followed by “what village do you come from?,” and finally - “What is your tribe?” and “Who is your clan?” Tribe? Clan? It was an unusual way for us to think about how we identify and view ourselves. And yet, it is the universal way in which someone introduces themselves to you in the north. To whom and where do you belong? - is implied here. The expectation is that you have an answer. Because everyone belongs to someone, somewhere.
We are continually struck by the depth of community, loyalty, and kinship we encounter with every visit to northern Uganda. We are immediately treated as brothers and sisters and are reminded about a more expansive definition of ‘tribe’ - one that transcends blood and clan and highlights our shared humanity. This is the narrative that continues to reveal itself to Asteroidea.
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