Today at 6 am, Simon and I left Amecet together with Charles. Charles is a little boy of 22 months old who is going to be adopted by an American family. The parents came last week and they have spend a lot of time with Charles. They stayed in a lodge nearby and came every day and also they took Charles with them to their lodge. Charles loves them and he runs to them when they walk into the gate. It has been quite a process and the lawyers in Kampala have been trying to get a court date for a long time. Today was the big day!!! The Magistrate would look into it and would give the final word. The grand father of Charles was brought in From the village and we picked him at a relatives place early in the morning. Then we drove to Mbale, 2,5 hour bouncing up and down over the terrible road. When we arrived at the court building we heard the bad news! The judge was doing only criminal cases and after a talk with another judge we got the new date for the hearing on April 23!! That means that the parents have to come again all the way from the States, they did plan on coming back to pick Charles after 6 weeks, one of them would come to pick him and to arrange all the papers with their Embassy. But to come both again, it would cost too much and they have their children at home. It was really such a disappointment! I felt for them. They left with the lawyer to Kampala and we left with the grandfather back to Soroti. Maybe there is a possibility to try to get it done in Kampala next week? The parents would fly out this night, so I don't know what will happen. When you see the picture, they are a happy family! We pray that there will be a solution!
So we bounced back the 2,5 hour to Soroti. But in the middle of nowhere we got a flat tyre, Simon and the grandfather changed the tyre, under the supervision of Charles who was hanging out the window.