I'm so excited to share THIS story that The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran today on the cover of the Living section.
It was Jjajja’s face that grabbed my attention. I loved her smile.
An old college friend, Laura Haley, posted pictures of the Ugandan woman on Facebook for years. I began to feel like I knew her. I was heartbroken this spring when Laura posted about Jjajja’s passing. I reached out to her and asked to learn more about Jjajja and their friendship. I’m so grateful she was willing to share. Laura was amazing to interview. I could ask just one question and she’d answer with colorful anecdotes, layered with detail that played out like a movie in my head. I admired Laura and Jjajja’s friendship from afar for so long, it was an honor to get an insider’s look at their connection. By telling their story, I feel I now have a small role in their journey and for that I am grateful.
It's funny how timely this story feels in our current climate. Laura and Jjajja were from opposite worlds – different languages, abilities, skin colors, financial worth – but they loved each other anyway. I draw hope from their friendship, a poignant reminder of how beautiful humanity can be.