Madam Wokie is Inspired: the story of Ann Grace Nakasi
While this pic doesn't say much about my fashion sense (even I admit that I look kinda awful), it's probably one of the most serious pieces I've written outside my school work. This picture was taken in Uganda last year while I was on work experience. The two women on my left are Rosebell Idaltu Kagumire respectively. Although both ladies have inspired me in different ways, I feel compelled to share Grace's story with you in the hope that we could all learn a lesson from it.
Ann Grace Nakasi is currently a female chancellor in northeastern Uganda. Her personal story is one of determination, resilience and strength, and put in her situation, I doubt most people would survive. While many people many not be aware of this, Uganda like Sierra Leone experienced decades of civil war which adversely affected the country's economy, damaged the society's social fabric and instilled violence as a common occurence in society. The conflict was especially hard on women who turned out to be the most unfortunate victims. Ann Grace Nakasi was one of such victims. In the late 1980's, she was raped on three separate occasions by a total of 19 different men; including soldiers from the different warring factions who has been with HIV, subsequently resulting in her being excommunicated and ostracised by her community; including her family who prevented her from staying in her home or seeing her children.
After the cessation of hostilities and the distribution of aid which followed, several efforts were made to prevent her form receiving aid as many people in her community felt she was a dying woman and therefore a waste of resources. Fortunately for her, she came into contact with ISIS-Women's International Cross Cultural Exchange (the organisation I was working with),