Tuesday, September 22, 2009
When we moved to Bundibugyo, we joked that we would stay here until frozen chickens came to Nyahuka. This was a way of gauging development: a place with electricity, and enough development that there were people around who were willing to pay for their chicken to arrive dead, plucked, and in a bag rather than running out the door. It was also a way of saying, we may stay here forever, because the idea of a shop with a freezer seemed impossibly remote, and by the time it came there would be other needier places to go. Well . . . . drumroll . . . the power lines which we've watched go up this year, are, as of today, CARRYING ELECTRICITY. Scott just came back from dropping friends off post-dinner, and announced that the transformer is humming and AN ELECTRIC LIGHT IS SHINING IN NYAHUKA. Amazing. Hard to imagine or predict all the changes this will bring. We aren't leaving yet (!) but the frozen chickens can't be far behind.