The Kampala, Uganda bombing: a report, and how to help survivors.

Phil Knight, a Boing Boing reader who works in a Kampala, Uganda hospital treating victims of the recent bombing, posts this blog entry about the attack, the survivors, and ways you can help. "We've been busy and the Seacom cable is down, so internet has been terrible. We've got some catching up to do. All help appreciated."


  1. Judging from the endless stream of missionaries that go there they are probably pretty set for bibles.

  2. Thanks for this post, Xeni. I’ve sponsored a kid from Kampala through World Vision for 13 years and although I’m not one for missionaries, our research has shown that they seem to do the best work with the least amount of administrative costs.

    The second part of Mr. Knight’s post is intriguing. He is discussing the influence of living on the equator, without seasons and how it is very unlike his home in England. Here is part of that post. I’d like to read more about this subject.

    “I was wondering about how this lack of seasons effects you when I came across a lecture by Standford psychology professor Philip Zimbardo in which he says:

    “The closer you are to the equator the more present orientated you are. The more you are in an environment where climate doesn’t change. It gives you a set of matching sameness rather than change.”

    Professor Zimbardo’s theory is that the lack of seasons makes people present orientated. He categorises present orientated people as either fatalistic or hedonistic, living for the present rather than the future or the past. Categorising whole countries, races and cultures based on their latitude is, I admit, a sweeping generalisation, but for me it has at least the ring of truth. The lack of seasons does seem to have an impact on your concept of time.”

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