I started out in Kenya where I enjoyed an unforgettable Safari in Masai Mara. Here is a 30 second edit of some recreational filming I did.
I then skipped over to Uganda.
I arrived into Uganda when the country’s new annual budget was released. A large amount of funds were allocated to farmers in the form of alluring loans, though I wanted to find out if they actually saw the money. So, I grabbed my mic, hopped into a shared taxi and went to a village a couple of hours outside of the capital.
The only way I could get interviews with farmers was by talking to them for 20 minutes, then pulling out a notebook, and then finally asking them if I could pull out a mic. Only after being placed through a gradual escalation process would many people finally speak. However, I still needed a local stringer to stress my pure intentions. Once they finally open-up however, they hold nothing back.
There were more than 1000 people in the camp - including family members. Most admitted they had been too scared to cross the border and return home despite being innocent of genocide crimes. Most were told by FDLR leadership in the DRC that if they attempted to go to Rwanda, they would be shot on arrival.
The most sight at this camp was the collection of ex-reblels yapping away on mobile phones. Most here said they started using mobiles to reach their friends in Congo and report back on their lives at the camp. Standing on Rwandan soil, they explain to those still in the Bush "come home, you have nothing to fear." Powerful stuff.
Some moving interviews with the combatants and behind-the-scenes footage of camp-life will be viewable on www.vjmovement.com this September.