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.
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.
In Uganda, the government allocates funds to villages to address various infrastructure repairs. Yet in one village, a major crossing point remains unfixed, and children are missing out on school because of it.
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.
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.