Stone Quarrying in Acholi Quarters

Posted on May 10, 2012

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Although it is very dangerous, stone quarrying is the work that most of the people in the Acholi Quarters do. Many people of different ages, including the young, the women and men do this work to earn a living.

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Acholi Quarter youth breaking stones
(Photo: Francis Ssuna)

Some of these people have families while others don’t. Some of them are fathers and mothers while others are youths. Sometime back, we got news of a rock fall at the quarry and people were injured. But although it was like that, this never gave a warning to the remaining members of the community since they think even if it happens, they have got no other work to do. Most of the members of the community have not got better jobs than stone quarrying and they can not find better jobs simply because most of them never went to school, so they can not present even a UCE certificate.

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Youths at work in the Quarry
(Photo: Francis Ssuna)

Some youths don’t even think of going to school; not because they don’t want to but because they have no school fees, and so they have to do this work to earn a living. You may wonder why they don’t do this work during the holidays and save for the school fees but the problem is that the job does pay reasonably. Breaking stones that fill a 20 litre empty jerry can pays you UGX100 only.

The Butterfly Project did something to help the young people from this kind of job through a project called Chickens For Change.

However, not all the people of Acholi Quarters do stone quarrying, some (the smallest number) work in institutions and others have got small stalls. They sell mainly edibles and vegetables. These are mostly women. Other community members have retail shops which sell necessities like food, and others have hair salons. 

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A youth buys tomtatoes from a stallholder, Acholi Quarter
(Photo: Francis Ssuna)

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