#3 – The Acholi people

While in Uganda, Lynne will be staying in Gulu, which is in the northern part of this country.  Gulu is populated mostly by the Acholi people, who came originally from southern Sudan, where some still reside.

The Acholi live in an area sometimes referred to as Acholiland (see image below), a name encompassing the present-day Ugandan disitricts of Gulu, Kitgum and Pader.

Map of Uganda with Acholiland highlight

The Acholi are a brave and strong people, and they have lived through near-constant civil war over the past twenty years.  Most Acholi are Protestant, Catholic and Muslim, though their belief in traditional guardian and ancestor spirits remains strong.

The Acholi have a rich and vibrant culture, and their language is similar to what is spoken in Sudan.  The people are very nice and love to sing and dance.  Here is a traditional dance called ‘Ajere’ as performed by Gulu Theatre Artists:


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by D-Ann on February 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Hope you are having a great adventure


  2. Posted by Faye Licata on February 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Awesome blog, Lynne! You are amazing! We miss you already!


  3. Enjoyed the dance . . . not sure I could keep up! Cec


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