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Straight Talk, June 2008

Straight Talk, June 2008

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Straight Talk is an audience-driven, culturally-appropriate newspaper produced monthly for Ugandan adolescents by Straight Talk Foundation, a leading Health & Development Communication NGO based in Kampala, Uganda.

Straight Talk appears in Uganda's lead national daily, _The New Vision_, and is posted to 25,000 schools, CBO/NGOs, health units, churches and mosques across Uganda, giving the paper an audience of nearly 1.5 million adolescents each month. Among other things, Straight Talk strives to help older adolescents manage sexual feelings, have healthy relationships, and make informed life decisions.
Straight Talk is an audience-driven, culturally-appropriate newspaper produced monthly for Ugandan adolescents by Straight Talk Foundation, a leading Health & Development Communication NGO based in Kampala, Uganda.

Straight Talk appears in Uganda's lead national daily, _The New Vision_, and is posted to 25,000 schools, CBO/NGOs, health units, churches and mosques across Uganda, giving the paper an audience of nearly 1.5 million adolescents each month. Among other things, Straight Talk strives to help older adolescents manage sexual feelings, have healthy relationships, and make informed life decisions.

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  Vo l. 14  No.  6  J u ne  2 0 0 8
In February we asked Straight Talkers to write short stories: almost 100responded. As promised, 20 of you win copies of the novel Purple Hibiscus.
Ten runner up winners will each get a T-shirt.
 
Thanks to Dokolo ProgressiveSS, Ruhaama SS, Agwata SS and Isoke Memorial in Kitgum for being star schools!
We especially liked Annet’s story. When you start reading, you do notwant to stop!
 Enjoy reading. Please note that some of the stories are fiction.
Boys, is your father a leader or a ruler? Girls,are talkativewomenappreciated in your village?Why? Why not?Send truestories and wina copy of
Dreams from my Father,
byBarak Obama,Democraticcandidate for US president.
By Namagembe Annet, DokoloProgressive Secondary School
I was the type of girlwho easily gave into peer pressure.If I had resistedthe influence ofmy friends, Iwould be telling you a gloriousexperience. Butthis is whathappened tome.
My friends got me aboyfriend. Peter wastall, handsome, gentleand smart. I loved itwhen he gave memoney. The first flowersI ever received werefrom Peter. He mademe feel loved.One day Peter took meout. He ordered winebut I refused because Iwas born again. Then he ordered a Coke. It wasalready opened when it came. I sensed something was terribly wrong. I knew in my heart that alcoholor sedatives had been added to it. But I did notwant to offend Peter. So I neglected my conscienceand accepted the soda.It was not long before I became oblivious of whatwas happening to me. I awoke in the morning tofind myself lying in a derelict room. My petticoat washanging on a nail on the wall. Beneath my skirt, I feltmy knickers was missing. Then I saw it strewn on thefloor. Three used condoms also lay there.I felt so dirty. Suddenly I felt a searing pain across my heart. From behind the door, I heard male voicesthanking Peter for letting them sleep with me. I wasdumfounded. Peter entered the room.“Get up and we go,” he said. “What have you doneto me?”I screamed at him. “Easy,” he said smiling sheepishly. I broke into tears.As I dressed, I noticed that wounds had developedbetween my legs, and I wasdischarging blood.But Peter wascourteous to leadme back to school.But this courtesy ended there.Weeks later he wasfound bragging among boys thathe had used me.Boys began toresent speaking tome while girls outrightly abused meas a ‘finished’ one.I became adisgrace among the born againcommunity and alaughing stock atschool.Three monthslater I developed adaily sickness that confined me to the dormitory. Iwas confirmed pregnant and dismissed fromschool. I missed my S3 third term examination. Iwas deep in the village, far off in the rural area inDokolo. A year has gone by and I now have ahealthy baby boy. But I do not know who his fatheris since many boys lay with me that night. I alsoworry about HIV. I pray for strength to test.
Chimamanda Adichie is theauthor of
Purple Hibiscus.
She wrote it when she was23, the same age as manyStraight Talkers. She is arole model and inspiration.
I am a Straight Talk chairperson inmy school. There are so manybenefits like educative messages. Iam very concerned about the plight
Telling your life as a novel
A love story gone wrong 
Telling your life as a novel
Straight Talkers, what do you do inyour long vacs? ST is looking for young people aged 18-21 who speak Lukonzo, Ateso, Kupsabiny andLugbara! Send your CVto PO Box 22366 Kampala.
 f   V   
Currently, Uganda has about 140,000children Living with HIV, and each yearanother 20,000 are born with the virus. Ofthe 50,000 children and adolescents whocurrently need ARVs, only 8000 are receivingthem.
But all this is set to change. Next monthBaylor University, working with localgovernment, AIC and other partners, willstart offering ARVs to children and teensat 32 new sites. The number of youngpeople on ARVs will double over thenext few years. If you think you needARVs, please visit a health centre.Straight Talk works with the PaediatricInfectious Diseases Clinic and Mildmay to support HIV+ teens. Positive teens,send your stories to PO Box 22366, K'la.
I am proudto be a winner.My dream isto be anaccountant or agriculturalist.
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of girls who get unwantedpregnancies and drop out ofschool.
A Namagembe
 Youth volunteers at STF
BEST LETTERS WIN PRIZES
 
Straight Talk, June 2008
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ike Barrack Obama'ssearch for the father henever really knew, many of you also wrote about fathers.
 New wife
 By Joel Otim, Naalya SS, Namugongo
Mum used to tell us how Dad lefther soon after she conceived Liza,my younger sister. After seven years,we had learnt to live without afather.One day Mum said: “Nicho, Liza, Ihave a surprise. Tomorrow we travelto Dad’s village.” After that, a new year came, and Dad came back tolive with us. He would drop us atschool, which saved us thehumiliation of taxis. The bliss wenton for two years.
Army man
I was nine when my father escaped from home. No one knew why but peopleguessed that he had many unpaid loans. I am the first born so mum and I had totoil for our family’s survival. I would wake up at 5 am to milk the cows.From school I would escape to rush home to graze the 10 goats we had. Peoplewould say: “He has copied hisfather’s behaviour,” referring to my escaping.Only in 2005 had mysisters grown enough to graze the cows.One evening I saw a vehicle. At home Ifound a man conversing with my mumhappily as if they knew each other. Atthe dining table, she said: “He is yourfather.” Excitedly we all hugged him andstarted crying. He then narrated that hewas an army man. One month later heleft. Now we are sure he is alive in thearmy.
Tarsus Niwamanya, S3,Ruhaama SS
 W  h e n  D a d  c a m e  h o m e  f r o m  t  h e  r e b el s
 We  had i ven up  hope  t ha t  he  w ou ld re turn.  I t  w a s  lon  since  t he re be l s  hadcap tured  him.  W hen  he  w a s cau h t  w e  w en t in to deep po ver t y .  M y   f our  si s ter smarried  ju s t  to e t  t hin s  f or u s.  T hen a f  ter  f i ve  y ear s  he re turned!  We  w ere  so happ y   t ha t  w e did no t a s k   him  ho w   he  had  sur vi ved.
O b ur  Rp h e l,  A w t  SS,  Do k o lo
Instead we went to a home onNaguru and to our surprise Dadintroduced us to a woman, saying:“This is your new mom!”Liza asked: “But Dad didn’t we leaveMum at home?” “OK, this is yoursecond mom,” said Dad.We found Mum in the village andtook her to our little cottage. Thishurt Dad. He was in a state of conflicting loyalty. He pointed atMum, declaring to whoever caredto listen: “You are no longer my wife.I have found someone better. Leaveimmediately.”Dad went to stay with his new wife,but after a year they broke up. Mumgave us the perfect gift of love thatwas to never remarry but raise us.Another precious gift was Dadbecoming a Christian. He pays for allour necessities. Recently heconfessed that he hadn’t mean tohurt us and said he has good plansfor us. You can never know how beautiful it is to be at the top of amountain unless you have been inthe valley. That is how we finally experienced fatherly love.
Barak Obamahardly knewhis father, abrilliant butdifficultKenyan. To thisday, he stillhas questionsabout why hisfather left himand hismother.Fathers areimportant!
“Liza, Nicho, hurry up becausewe’ve got to reach early!” Said Dad.Another trip to the village – Mumwas not coming so she gave usmoney and made us pray. “YouAfricans, trying to emulate foreigntraditions,” was the murmur weheard from Dad.We did not go straight to the village.
 M y   f a t her  le f  t  w  hen  I  w a s  f our.  Ine ver  k ne w   w  ha t  happened.  I w ou ld  f ee l  sad.  Mumm y   w ou ld sa y   he  w a s in  Nairo bi.  In  hi sa b sence  I  w a s  sen t  home  f or sc hoo l  f ee s.  Po ver t y   became apro b lem  f or u s  becau se mum  hadno  jo b.  T ha t  w a s  w  hen  I rea lied t he impor tance o f  a  f a t her.  In  P6  Ia s k ed  Mum aain.  T hi s  time  s he to ld me:  Dadd y   had ano t her  w i f e. Bu t one Sunda y   Dadd y  re turned home.  We ce le bra ted. 
 M u k i s Moree,  Wri t er s C l u b, S 3, Bri x t o S t drd
Reunion  wi th dad
• Twetiise B, Ruhama SS,Ntungamo.• Nantale A, Brixton StandardHigh School, Gayaza • Niringiyimana A, King JesusCollege, Kasese• J Kalyegira, Bwikya Muslim SS,Hoima • A Niwahereza, St Paul’sSeminary, Kabale• J Angwec, Agwata SS, Lira • D Opio, Amolatar SS• A Apio, Medical Student, GuluUniversity • E Katushabe, 15, Madindi HS• L Opio, Dokolo Progressive SS• Murerwa Diana, OldKampala SS• Ahiro Vicky, Rev Jabuloni IsokeMemorial College, Kitgum 
Other winners
Luke Opio rejoices over his win. We will send the prizes to therest of the winners through your school post office box.
Other winners
Stories of our fathersStories of our fathers
Nor thern Cen tral
Gulu A wach HC I V Amuru A tia HC I V Amuru Anaa HC I VKi tumKi tum Go vHo spi talKi tumPadibe HC I VPaderDr.  Ambro s soliMemorial Ho spi tal,KalonoO yam An yee HC I V Apac Aduu HC I VDooloDooloHC I V
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 Amuria Amuria HC I VKumiKumi Ho spi talBudaaBudaa HC I V SironoBudadiri HC I VPalli saPalli sa Ho spi talBududaBududa Ho spi talMana f waMaale HC I VBu tale jaBu sol we HC I VBu siaMa sa fu HC I VBuiriBuiri Ho spi talKamuliKamuli Ho spi tal
Cen tral
MuonoNoon jeru HC I VL yan tonde Ho spi tal
 H I V + ve  tee ns:  w he re  to e t  A  R Vs
 We s tern
Ma sindiKir yandonoHo spi talBulii saBuliisa HC I VKiboaN t we te HC I VKibaaleKaadi Ho spi talK yen jo joK yen jo jo HC I VKam weneRuun ju HC I VN tunamo R wa shamaireHeal th
Cen tre I V
KanunuKihihi HC I VKabaleBuinda HC I VKabaleHamur wa HC I V
Kampala
Mulao Ho spi talNauru HC I VKa wempe HC I VKampalaKampala  Sa telli te sKi tebi HC I VKiruddu HC I VKan yan ya  T A SO Cen tre
 Soro ti
 Soro ti Ho spi talKaberamaido HC I VL wala HC I V
Ka se se RCOE
Kilembe Mine s Ho spi talB wera Ho spi talR wa sande HC I V
 
Straight Talk, June 2008
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Love & relationships
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alling in love andmanaging that firstrelationship is not easy.Sometimes you fall in love,and there’s no relationship: just lovefrom afar. Sometimes you have arelationship, and there is no love.Whatever your situation… stay very safe.
Banana smile
By Stella Naluyinda, S4,Kaberamaido SS
“Wow, you look incredibly beautiful,” mother flattered. “Whereare you going dressed like this?”“I am not letting the cat out of thebag,” I answered, meaning: I am nottelling you. I quickly ran out.At the hotel, I was ushered by waiters in black and white. Are youMadam Stellah?” they asked with abanana smile. ”Yes, I am,” Ianswered proudly. I was a celebrity and had become famous likeJuliana Kanyomozi. The waitersdirected me to a place decoratedwith flowers. I could not helpgawking. The petals smiled.But Martin was nowhere to beseen. My boyfriend was everything awoman could look for. His eyesreflected a bright future. Aftertwenty minutes I dialed his number:no answer.
“Martin is always an early bird…”
thousand thoughts raced throughmy mind and persuaded me to goto his apartment. I found him with agirl. “Who is she?” I asked rudely. Igave Martin a heavy and well-calculated slap on his cheek for hisbetrayal.
“All I have done is love you and that’show you have paid me,” I shouted.“It’s over!”
I cried for eternity. Later Igot courage to move on with my life. I decided to live without aboyfriend.
Surprise in exam room
Jamillah is 16, a double orphan who lives with her grandmother. Her granny starts to hear rumours that she is in love with Ahmed.Granny says: “My child, I request you kindly to leave alone Ahmed.”Jamillah reacts: “Leave me alone, you always watch over me even when I go tothe latrine.”Unfortunately Jamillah has sex with Ahmed and becomespregnant. In her O level paper –physics – Jamillah is seenuncomfortable but tells thesupervisor that she is just thinking about the answer. Hardly had heturned his back, when Jamillahknelt down. Suddenly a baby iscrying.“What’s this?” The supervisorshouts. Ahmed completely deniesJamillah, who becomes helpless.Her granny sends her away andshe now goes around looking forlocal jobs like digging to survive.
Ninsiima Eunice, KamweziPS, Kabale
Love & relationships
I was five when my sister started a romantic relationship with our herdsman.One day he tried to convince her to have sex but she refused. The secondtime she gave in and the herdsman infected her with gonorrhea.After she recovered, my parents begged her to tell them who had played sexwith her, but she was adamant. Eventually she started going with him againto see the cattle. One Monday evening the herdsman againasked my sister for sex. Thenhe raped her. My sister gotpregnant. When thepregnancy matured, shespent sleepless nights of pain.On a Friday at exactly 4 pm, the time fordelivering came. Thedoctors decided tooperate. This markedthe end of her life in thisworld.
Orishaba Bless,Ruhama SS,Ntungamo
When I joined secondary I clicked S2 without getting a girlfriend. But in second term came a girl sobeautiful that she beat my understanding. Always I could dream of her but feared to tell her. Then I got theidea to convince her to be my girlfriend. Unfortunately she was a Manchester United fan. Still I fired herthe question. She totally refused. But the next day I brought her big boom sweets. From that day shebelieved I loved her. Samuel
Amanyire S4 King Jesus College, Kasese
The best bo y in m y heart
Ilo ved himver y much.B y  theneereinthesame  school.his  w a s abo y hoantedtoha vese x.ButI w ould tell him:Bepatient,m y lo ve.Heouldsa y :“M y dear,Iamivinouup to S 4 .Hee ven hadthe  supporto f m y relati ve s.ButIstood m y round.Itoldhim:Iha ve arole model andant tocompletestud y in.Iouldplead:Iilldoan y thin  you  w anthen Ireach m y standard. When hesa w  Ia snotointoi ve in,heroteabu sive letter s,secretly   sa w otherirl s and threatened to beatmeup.Irote to him:Plea se  f orivemei f Iha ve di sappointedoubutIam not w illintoshare  y ouith anotherper son.”Icouldn’tsta y inthesame  school.I amno w settled inm y ne w   school,readintorealize m y dream.
P scAtw oo,15,S2,Doolo Pore s si v eSS
The herdsman
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Says Betty Says Betty Says Betty Says Betty Says Betty  Amusugut, Amusugut, Amusugut, Amusugut, Amusugut,Moroto HS, STMoroto HS, STMoroto HS, STMoroto HS, STMoroto HS, STclub chairpersonclub chairpersonclub chairpersonclub chairpersonclub chairperson
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Says Betty Says Betty Says Betty Says Betty Says Betty  Amusugut, Amusugut, Amusugut, Amusugut, Amusugut,Moroto HS, STMoroto HS, STMoroto HS, STMoroto HS, STMoroto HS, STclub chairpersonclub chairpersonclub chairpersonclub chairpersonclub chairpersonStraightStraightStraightStraightStraightTTTTTalkers,alkers,alkers,alkers,alkers,alwaysalwaysalwaysalwaysalwaysthinkthinkthinkthinkthinkcritically critically critically critically critically andandandandandexpressexpressexpressexpressexpress yourself. yourself. yourself. yourself. yourself.
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