The streets of Gulu would be crowded this time of year with the Christmas holidays coming. People from the south are moving north to their villages and vice versa to celebrate Christmas with their families. There are trucks passing from Uganda north to South Sudan and vice versa bringing produce, goods, supplies back and forth and occasionally people. Buses doing the same.
You notice extra traffic. More trucks than normal with Sudanese plates filled with people and all their belongings. Vehicles with South sudanese plates parked in front of all the hotels, waiting it out, or passing through to the next town or onwards.
Mixed with the hawkers on the street selling sheets, tinsel, table clothes, baby clothes, the cars overflowing with families visiting from other parts of Uganda or leaving to other parts and like always the people on the bicycles, the trucks, the vehicles, the buses, we make room for our neighbors. There’s always a bit more space on the road or in the seat next to you.