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 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.
The dogs of Uganda’s Police Canine Unit track down suspects, sniff out drugs and explosives, and retrieve evidence from crime scenes. But before they begin their careers as detectives, they are bred and trained in two specialized centers, and Global Press documented the centers’ work in photos.
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.
Security guards in Uganda’s capital Kampala say private companies are putting their safety at risk by failing to implement police directives, such as requiring security guards to be on duty in pairs. Some have decided to leave the profession all together.
In Uganda, stealing from people who have been hurt or killed in road accidents is becoming more common, causing authorities to have trouble identifying the deceased. Government solutions are underway, and in the meanwhile, officials are encouraging people to document the thefts.
Uganda’s health budget isn’t providing enough for palliative care, resulting in a shortage of much-needed pain relievers and other services. Local organizations are stepping in, but health workers say that without the funding, they are only able to serve a fraction of the thousands of patients in need.
There’s an emerging trend at rural funeral services in Uganda: listing the faults of the deceased instead of praising them. People say it can set a precedent for better lifestyle choices, but others worry that such pronouncements disrespect the mourners.