In DRC, there is a long history of distrust between local people and members of the national army. But in one village, people from the two groups are singing their way to a better understanding through a church choir group.
Boda bodas, or motorcycle taxis, are a common but dangerous form of transportation in Uganda, causing hundreds of accidents per month. Drivers are required to hold insurance, but many don’t. Instead, they flee the scene to avoid being blamed for accidents.
Forty homes demolished. Nearly 350 people made homeless. Forced evictions are not uncommon in Uganda, but even when people take their grievances to court, the drawn-out and confusing legal process gives no assurance that they will receive compensation.
In Uganda, some people use public transportation to transport deceased relatives back to their ancestral villages for burial rather than book expensive private cars. But doing so can be risky, since getting caught can result in jail time.
Each month, there are about four murders in Kirumba, a rural community of about 35,000. In response to the chaos that has become a way of life here, a community group called Silwamughuma was formed a year ago, so far helping more than 40 families as they mourn their loved ones.
Insecurity continues to take its toll in the DRC. After 20 years of successive conflicts, an estimated 1.5 million people in the DRC have been displaced from their homes. One advocate urges humanitarian organizations to teach displaced girls the basic trades so they can earn money and avoid resorting to survival sex.
Conflict that’s been consistent in this region since the 1990s has caused parents and children to lose one another in the chaos. Radio announcements are one local method of reuniting separated family members, and large aid agencies are also working to identify lost children and reunite them with their families.