What a busy day. Good and productive! This is a quick post as my body wants to SLEEP….
So I paid a visit to Gulu’s main mosque because I’m told the muslim community in Gulu are teaching their children reconciliation and forgiveness after years of war…..
I arrived at the mosque to meet up with Sheikh Musa Kilel…he is the Khadi there, but was told by a young muslim boy Rasheed, that the Khadi was not around.
So I ask Rasheed for the Khadi’s number to save in my phone.
And while I’m chatting with Rasheed I ask him to spell “SHEIKH” for me (don’t laugh…but I’m never sure whether or not a C belongs there) so Rasheed attempts to spell the word….but it’s nowhere CLOSE to correct.
Despite this minor set back, Rasheed tells me that he was the wisest kid in that mosque and asked for 5 minutes to come up with the right spelling.
I loved his positive attitude and tenacity…..so I tell him he has time….
Eventually, he has narrowed it down to two possibilities….both written on his hand. I then asked him which one he thought was the right one….
He pauses and thinks for a minute, and after making up his mind, he ticks the one he thinks is correct…
He felt quit proud of himself, and then tells me if I have trouble spelling, I should come back to him.
I love this. The simple joy of education.
I DID, by the way, eventually meet up with the Sheikh Musa Khalil, who is also the vice chairman of the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative…..but I must admit…I found my brief meeting with Rasheed “The Wisest of All” far more telling of the courage the Acholi people possess.