Christine Marie Carlson

Christine Carlson (Gulu Disabled Persons Union): Christine received her BA from The Evergreen State College. She went on to work for Planned Parenthood in Seattle, advocating for reproductive health strategies; co-manage a project on HIV-AIDS with PATH (the Northwest Microbicides Campaign Bill) funded by the Gates Foundation; and worked as an associate producer for Bill Nye’s series “The Eyes of Nye.” Christine was pursuing a Master’s in International Public Administration at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at the time of her fellowship. After her fellowship, Christine wrote: “I was extremely lucky to have such a wonderful group of people to work with. They are highly social and welcomed me eagerly. They tried to put my desk in an outside office, but I insisted on being put in the main office. I often bought sodas and fruit for the whole office, took photos constantly (which they loved) and was always available to lend a hand or an ear.”

More Images of Children with Disabilities in Gulu

29 Jun

Children with disabilities suffer greatly in Gulu. In extreme forms of Acholi religious practices these children were  used as human sacrifices.  Today their caretakers struggle to increase their value in society and secure the care that  is their human right.

Boy with severe cerebral palsy. 

The other children love to wheel him around. Everytime I came near he would scream with delight.

Catherine confined to a floor mat due to bed sores.

Baby with spinal cord deformity and mental impairment. A volunteer attempts to help her sit up correctly. She was abandoned as a baby at the orphanage. Her father is believed to be a General in the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Able bodied children and boy in wheelchair play in St. Jude’s field.

Girl with mental impairment laughing at St. Jude’s.

Statue of Jesus and children in the center of St. Jude’s Orphanage playfield.

Posted By Christine Marie Carlson

Posted Jun 29th, 2010


  • Erin

    June 29, 2010


    Amazing photos Christine. Dealing with a lot of tough stuff in Gulu. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kristin

    September 8, 2010


    OK so I was searching google for pictures of Gulu, and as soon as I saw a thumbnail picture of a boy in a stroller with a huge grin, I just knew who I was going to see when I clicked on it! Jeffrey was always a pleasure to be around, and if you remember taking that picture, you can probably hear his delighted squeals and squeaks in your mind. I know the names of several other precious people in your St. Jude’s pictures; I spent many hours there over the summer in my free time from teaching at Gulu Senior Secondary School. Seeing your photos brings back irreplaceable memories; thank you for sharing. Oh, and if that’s not coincidence enough, my name is Kristin Karlsson!! 🙂

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