05 November 2007

Welcome to the Jungle

We have some new friends… for the purpose of this blog their names will be changed… to protect the innocent. Friday the dad got arrested for possession of hemp…

The McDonald’s just moved to Uganda 3 months ago from Kentucky with their 3 teenage children. They bought 3200 acres to start a farm and self-sustaining orphanage. They are what I call "agricultural entrepreneurs"… being that the majority of their work right now is testing the land and different plants to see want can grow the fastest and be most productive.

They want to grow their own food so they can produce a new “super-oatmeal” which will provide orphans with the protein that is missing from their diets... at a fraction of current food costs… in my opinion if their “super-oatmeal” works it can revolutionize orphan care, diet and livelihood.

As part of their plan they brought a huge assortment of different seeds from the US to see how they respond to the climate and soil. They then took these seeds to a local lab to test their protein content…

This lab was at Makerere University… the leading government university in the country…

Friday 9 policemen showed up at their home… fully armed and bringing charges… possession of illegal drugs…

The problem is that the drugs aren’t illegal… no, I’m not in the tree-hugging legalize-hemp camp… but this is nutritional hemp… which is not the kind the kind that Texans grow in their basements.

Well, it’s not illegal in the US where they bought it but… news to them… all hemp is illegal in Uganda.

So Ronald was given a choice… go to jail for 7 years or pay a $50,000 fine (i.e. Bribe)… I told him to go with the 7 years because that would mean that he would outlast over half of all overseas missionaries…

Who wants to sign up to have me for a friend…

Anyone else need some encouragement?

His lawyer came and negotiated them down to a $6,000 fine (i.e. Bribe)… but there lies the problem… paying the fine will make things worse for every white man in the country… not many options for the new guy in country.

They called the US embassy and were told… “We won’t get involved and we can’t recommend a lawyer”… and why do we spend our tax-payer money on embassies?

So today the police are coming back at 11 AM to hear Ronald’s final decision…

He has no choice…

But then how many of us would want to move our wife and 3 teenagers to a 3rd World country in an effort to make things better for the people only to be thrown in jail for 7 years?

3 comments:

Sallie said...

So what did he do??

Teenietinyt said...

I think I know who this is...I believe I met them in Bethany in the summer...WOW. I know its not supposed to make me feel this way, but I feel like a really good movie...on the edge of my seat!

Anonymous said...

did he go to jail? is there anything we can do to help