They Call Me Mzee

One Man’s Safari into Brightest Africa

By Lee B. Mulder

Smashwords Edition, 2014

Copyright 2014, Lee B. Mulder,

OSC Publishing, Inc.

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To Sonia, Will and Emily,

the ones who watched me go

and wondered at the dad they welcomed back


I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone mentioned by name in this book. Only a few names have been changed for privacy purposes but you will know who you are. The information, the conversations, the insight and the life stories you shared without hesitation were a joy to receive; each of them became an indelible stitch in the fabric of this work. I especially want to thank Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiimwe-Mutebile and his wife Betty who provided vital food, housing and encouragement during the initial grueling 10 days of interviews in Kampala.

Most of all, I want to thank Rev. Dr. Ben Tumuheirwe, my pastor, my friend and the visionary who invited me and so many others to simply “come home” to Uganda. For this work, Ben worked tirelessly providing access to people in Uganda who had been touched by the AIDS crisis – officials, acquaintances in government, church, village and family that I as an outsider simply would never have been to achieve in a lifetime. Working with Owesheimwe Ben over the years, I have been privileged to share the lives of many, many Ugandans and, in turn, become a tiny part of their history by living it with them.

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