As migrants crowd into Uganda’s Mityana District and demand for land grows, the relationship between tenants and landlords has reached a breaking point. Landlords fear asserting their rights as tenants embrace the country’s growing trend of mob justice.
The dire circumstances in local refugee camps – including lack of services, dependence on aid and general uncertainty for the largely South Sudanese population – make it more likely that girls will get married and have children before they turn 18. Authorities in Uganda’s Palorinya Refugee Settlement believe education could help, but reversing the trend is an uphill battle.
Uganda’s tradition of “customary” land ownership means many landowners don’t hold titles to their property, and land disputes are rampant. With little faith in police or courts, Ugandans have turned to mob justice – and landowners fear for their lives.
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.
Gender-based violence is rampant in the Kotido district of Uganda’s Karamoja region, where sexual and physical abuse of women and girls remains culturally acceptable. But the men and women members of the St. Kizito Anti-Violence Club not only challenge these cultural norms – they hold criminals accountable too.
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.
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.