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Only in Tesoland

The Teso tribe of East Africa numbers about 3.5 million people, most of whom live in NE Uganda. After Kampala, Tesoland was the first place I visited in the country. Nearly three years later I still hold it in my heart as one of the most special places in the world. Centuries old traditions remain firmly engrained in the culture here.  While that’s not unique among tribes in Africa, rarely are they so welcoming to outsiders as the Teso.  Take, for instance, their nearby cousins, Kenya’s Turkana.  During colonial times even Great Britain dared not enter their tribal lands.  The colonial power shut off the Turkana Region and required a special pass of any outsider wishing to visit. Above, villagers enjoy beer and peanuts at the local bar. The local brew, shared from a communal clay pot, is concocted from millet and sucked through long straws made from reeds.  In[…]

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