In the early part of the year 1998 the Dutch journalist Tony travelled through Uganga. He wanted to visit several parts of this landlocked country, travel with with local people and travel with people from the outside who have been living in the country already fror many years.
He joins a Roman Catholic Father on his journey to the northeast of Uganda, where he spends time with the Karamojong. He watches how this Father takes part in the life of these nomads, whose existence and way of of life is a harsh one. He sees and hears how this Father tries to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ in all of his work and life, during his preaching and celebrating the eucharist and during his working with his hands.
Tony is awed by the reslience of the people amidst hardship and turmoil.
The title of the book refers to the hour of the day when darkness enters together with mosquitoes. This is the hour that people meet at their homes and in the shebeen, the places where they drink pombe. In the book you will find a good map of Uganda.
Tony van der Meulen – Het uur van de muskieten. Een journalistieke zoektocht door Uganda – Amsterdam 1998 – 159 pages