Akello Pasca

Her name, Akello, means “follower of twins” and is a symbol of status in the region of Kitgum where Akello Pasca grew up with three brothers and three sisters. Born in 1967, it was customary that the girls worked in the garden and tended house while the boys went to school. Although she didn’t like it, Pasca knew better than question her parents or her cultural norms.

After getting married in 1990, Pasca and her husband came to the Acholi Quarter in 1993 where they had 6 children. Her husband became a teacher, but left that profession to return to the North to farm. He no longer helps to support the family, leaving her with the children, and now 2 grandchildren and a nephew to support.