Man Eaters of Tsavo
by David Basasira of Uganda
Collage and Assemblage
David Basasira uses banana leaf fiber to create a portrait of the lions of Uganda
Lieut. Col. J.H. Patterson was the engineer chosen by the British colonial government in East Africa to effect the construction of the Uganda Rasilway way back in 1898. The railway ran from the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa to Kampala, Uganda in the interior of the country as a way of consolidating the British imperialism in East Africa. However, the job proved difficult due to the problems they encountered in the wild as they strived to get the railway through to the interior. And in his book, "The Man Eaters of Tsavo," Patterson recounts how the lions started attacking and killing them on reaching Tsavo. It was a hard struggle and many colleagues were eaten by the lions who always attacked at night, dragged and disappeared with their prey in the darkness of night making them believe that perhaps it was ghosts and devils killing them.
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