Footing. That’s the term used to refer to walking in Uganda. And I’m beginning to believe it is a community development strategy par excellence no matter where you live.
People, most people anyway, use footing to travel around Adjumani, the town in Northern Uganda, where we live in temporarily. Of course there are other modes of transportation; boda boda (motorcyle), bicycle, even taxis and small “buses” modeled after the old Toyota Previa. But those are all expensive for the un and under employed - that is most of the workforce in town. So footing is the main mode of travel between home, market, church, neighbors, and field. Anytime of day or night, except I suppose, after midnight, you will see crowds of people lining the streets, out footing.