Meet #IWMFfellows. “It’s an incredible gift – and one you really only get once – to be new to a place and its stories, when nothing yet seems mundane or ordinary, when everything is a possible story to tell. It was fantastic, over the last week and a half, to experience Uganda this way, to see it in a way that was unclouded by experience. Of course, there are also disadvantages to newness, but it does give you a particularly granular and vivid way of seeing. Every day, we all pelted our fixers and drivers with questions that I’m sure seemed to them more than bit odd – why are there so many storks in Kampala? How come sports betting is so popular here? How come all the shops stay open until midnight? – Everything, in other words, seemed up for questioning. Nothing was yet normal. That was my highlight”. – @ryanlenora
#IWMFfellows were on the ground in Rwanda, DRC and Uganda earlier this month reporting as part of the #IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. For more dispatches from the field follow our tumblr, http://iwmfontheground.tumblr.com.