Pit latrines play a critical role in improving public health throughout Uganda. But when people run out of money to finish building them, they leave gaping holes and life-threatening safety concerns — especially for children.
Uganda’s construction industry is booming. The hunger for steel to keep up with the building boom has resulted in a thriving scrap trade, with small-scale vendors scouring the country for bits of unwanted metal. But old dangers lay hidden in the hauls.
Uganda has taken in hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese fleeing violence. But reductions in land plots and meager food stipends are forcing refugees to re-enter dangerous territory in the hunt for viable land.
Forced marriages and unintended pregnancies remain a norm for many Ugandan young women. One effort to combat the problems draws on the experience of women who have been down that path, who serve as mentors to girls and young women.
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.
When Ali Karume’s Chevrolet was wrongfully impounded in 2014, he spent years seeking justice from authorities. Out of options and frustrated with the legal system, Karume turned to an unlikely ally: a reality TV show.
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.