Police say they are receiving an increasing number of complaints from people who say they were exploited by their pastors. Now, the government is considering a law that would require proof of qualification from anyone looking to open a church. But religious leaders say that there are already enough laws in place.
In Uganda, people who drive motorcycle taxis are often subject to violent attacks and robberies. Drivers say that authorities aren’t doing enough – so they’ve decided to take justice into their own hands.
As Uganda fights open defecation, villages in the Karamoja region often recieve a bull to celebrate their status as open defecation free – but many revert to old habits as soon as the party’s over. Now, the government and NGOs are hoping a radio program and public shaming campaign will be enough to turn the tide for good.
In response to DRC’s current Ebola outbreak, health centers implemented special screening measures to prevent the disease from spreading. But when local people who believe those measures will harm them seek other health care options, they risk the possibility of going untreated for other diseases.
Many children in DRC say they were pushed out of their homes when their parents or relatives accused them of witchcraft. There are few places for such children to find shelter in DRC, but one religious center opens its doors to them.
A former child soldier started an amateur boxing club in Democratic Republic of Congo to help other young soldiers move beyond their pasts. Now, boys and men from varying ethnic groups work together to find success in the boxing ring.
Although hundreds of thousands of women are involved in Zimbabwe’s mining industry, traditional beliefs that women bring bad luck often prevent some from thriving in the field. Many female miners are pushing back, saying that their participation is necessary for economic growth, but others say it isn’t worth the effort.
In Uganda, members of the parliament decide their own pay, even as debate over whether or not the constitution allows them to do so continues. But not all government employees receive the same benefits – so civil society organizations are calling for more oversight.
Uganda’s Karamoja region is often portrayed as a rural frontier where life revolves around cattle, poverty and firearms. This photo story, a collaboration between reporters from Global Press Journal’s Uganda team, is the first in a series providing a glimpse of what life is really like in the northeast region of the country.
Literacy rates in Uganda’s northeastern Karamoja region are some of the lowest in the country. To encourage parents to send their children to school, the government is coming up with innovative ways to provide access.