Death and burial of “The Price of Stones”


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  • p.12 Land once cultivated into lush plantations was overgrown with weeds and unmarked burial grounds.
  • p.12 People of Rakai had died by the hundreds from slim.
  • p.13 The executions of
  • P.13 At some roadblocks people were shot for asking questions.
  • p.13 Amin himself ran over a bishop of the Anglican Church with his jeep


  • p.19 Julius’s dad died from a brain hemorrhage. Soon after both his mothers died.
  • p.19 At the mother’s burial taata said “it was our responsibility to help”.
  • p.22 Mbabazi had given birth to three boys but they all died. 


  • p.30 The family tried to make Frank as comfortable as possible
  • p.31 Frank dies from slim, and he dies in Twesi’s arms.           


  • p.33 The days following death are filled with grief and it is custom for the body to remain in the household for viewing.
  • p.33 The family made plans for Frank’s body to be transported to Nyakagyezi for burial.
  • p.34 He was buried in a plain wooden coffin.


  • p.44 Mbabazi died from slim the night before Twesi returned for a visit.
  • p.49 Tukamushaba ‘s parents had both died.
  • p.49 Natukunda’s mother had died when he was one.
  • p.50 “here death crept silently from house to house taking a mother here and a father there”.
  • p.50 “many children are abandoned due to the stigma of AIDS and the assumption that they will soon die from it”.
  • p.52 Gaddafi died from slim.


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  • p.85 Amin’s wife was murdered
  • p.86 Olivia’s father died when she was nine.
  • p.86 Denis’s parents died from slim.  He was beaten and chastised by people that knew his parents had died from slim.  
  • p.86 Both Hillary and Moreen’s parents had died when they were very young.


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  • p.98 Jane’s father died from AIDS in 1998 and her mother committed suicide.


  • p.104 Bruno’s father died from AIDS when Bruno was eight and his mother died 2 years later.


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  • p.111 Both of Eva’s parents died from HIV/AIDS that was passed on from the second wife. The second wife’s first husband had died from HIV/AIDS.
  • There is a picture of Mbabazi’s burial on the 5th page of pictures.
  • p.114 Fiona’s grandmother had lost all 5 of her children and their spouses to AIDS.
  • p.115 “Death has taken too many already”.


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  • p.127 Milton obote’s (former president/dictator) family wanted to bring his body back for burial.


  • p.136 Emmanuel was taken in by friends of his uncle after his parents died.
  • p.137 Scovia’s parents died of AIDS and her inevitable death would be a loss to everyone (her brother, the foster family, and the school).


  • p.142 Sharon’s father was a polygamist that died leaving so many children that her mother couldn’t keep track of them all.


  • p.158 “Life must continue, even as death pulls us down”.


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  • p.170 “HIV/AIDS is a death sentence for the poor. Even those who sell their land and possessions to purchase medicines eventually die when they run out of money”.
  • p.171 Family graveyards filled with wooden planks and crosses. Some markers were hand carved; others with painted names had faded over the years. With no family left to tend to them, many of the graves would soon be overgrown with wild grass and vanish from sight.


  • p.176 District administrators commandeered part of my grandparent’s land to bury unclaimed bodies.
  • p.178 A dead child hadn’t been removed yet due to a full morgue
  • p.180 Scovia want to be buried in her uniform “so she will be dressed up when Jesus calls”.
  • p.180 “It would not be long until Scovia became another statistic to be posted on the internet, another nameless death in Africa”.


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  • p.198 One of the students were killed by lightning.


  • p.206 Natukunda’s parents died and so did her mukaaka


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  • p.233 Scovia died and “She did nothing to deserve an early death”.
  • p.233 “No child should have to die this way”.
  • p.233 Death marches had become daily occurrences in villages across the country within the last decade.  Neighborhood burial associations helped purchase coffins, organized labor to dig, and hired men to carry the body home by stretcher. (patients were commonly carried to and from hospitals by stretcher, but one could tell a death march as it approached. The men wee silent, eyes downcast. Women followed behind, crying or wailing.
  • p.234 Faida contacted the burial association and purchased the coffin and a white burial cloth, along with a new uniform.
  • p.234 “In my mind, I understand I should not feel responsible for Scovia’s death, but I could not help myself”.
  • p.234 Usually burial was delayed until family could arrive from distant areas.
  • p.235 There would be no fancy arrangements, no undertaker, no lavish floral displays, no limousine to carry the body to a manicured graveyard. A simple wooden coffin in the sitting room would hold Scovia’s body. Many friends and neighbors went to the funeral. The students made a wreath of flowers. She was buried alongside her parents. Her final resting place, an unadorned family plot, rich brown soil piled next to a five by three foot hole. Her aunts, uncles, and cousins would be buried here too, grave mounds marked by pieces of wood or nothing at all.
  • p.235 “I was thankful Nicolas was not required to witness the deaths our students experienced in their short lives. Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles. More deaths than any child should be exposed to.     


  • p.246 “Grandmothers are the silent victims of the AIDS pandemic in Africa as they bury their own children and then begin parenting their grandchildren”.


  • p.253 Olivia’s father died when she was 9.
  • p.253 Moreen lost both parents at the age of 6.
  • p.255 Helens parents died when she was 9.
  • p.256 “When Frank died, I promised to take care of his son and daughters. But what of the children with no uncle?”
  • p.257 “The graduates had witnessed the deaths of parents much too early in their young lives”.
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