For those abducted during the war in northern Uganda, everyday life can be fraught with fear and traumatic flashbacks to captivity in the Lord’s Resistance Army. Now, a nonprofit in the area is finding that the best person to help them heal is sometimes not a person at all.
Some medical devices that help doctors treat cancer aren’t available in Uganda, so people who need treatment look for ways to travel to India. The Ugandan government has proposed legislation to help patients with cancer and other diseases pay for the long journey and the treatments, and small fundraising events like car washes have become more common.
Many Ugandans travel abroad for medical treatment, because doctors in the country often don’t have the necessary experience or equipment. But a Ugandan urologist opened a hospital last year in a Kampala suburb with a lofty goal: to offer excellent medical services to Ugandans – in Uganda.
A long-standing tradition ended in 2017, when Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority fenced off an area where practitioners of ancient religions had made animal sacrifices. In a country where much land is not formally deeded, and ownership disputes are common, a spiritual leader wonders how the airport could claim title to the site, when his clan has been its rightful owner for more than half a millennium.
David Bahati, the Ugandan lawmaker who has consistently pushed for harsh laws to curb homosexuality, tells Global Press Journal how he felt when the law he drafted was overturned, and what he plans to do to revive it in the future. Uganda’s anti-gay stance has been widely denounced as a human rights violation.
As many as 10 people die every day on Uganda’s roads, so a partnership between the Ugandan government and Georgetown University is encouraging passengers to speak up about reckless driving. But passengers say their travels remain frightening.
Homosexuality, which is illegal in Uganda, is commonly believed to be a vestige of colonialism. As the country’s LGBT community struggles for acceptance, some experts are noting that there’s evidence that homosexuality was present in Africa long before foreigners came.
The leader of the Bunyoro Kingdom leased thousands of hectares of forest land in the kingdom’s traditional land base to a sugar company – a move members of the kingdom say will help ease their poverty. But environmentalists say the kingdom has no right to lease the land, which is part of a protested forest.
Much of the land in Uganda is owned by families under a traditional system, which uses geographical features as boundary markers and knowledge maintained by clan elders. The recent civil war has destroyed those markers, and most of the elders who know who owns what have passed away. As families return to their land, they now have a difficult task to prove it belongs to them.
Taban Idi Amin, whose grandfather was Idi Amin, vicious dictator of Uganda in the 1970s, won a parliamentary seat in February but continues to battle against the people’s memories of his forebear. Though his campaign opponent warned that Taban Idi Amin would repeat his grandfather’s atrocities, and some accuse him of bribing voters, others point to ways he had helped the people of his district even before the election.