Like much of the world, Uganda has imposed social restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus. For Ugandans who rely on sex work, the guidelines present a stark choice: continue work and risk infection – or stay home and face financial ruin.
Worker deaths and injuries are increasing as Uganda’s major cities try to meet the demands of a growing population. Low-paid “helpers” — who often work without contracts or insurance — bear the brunt of the consequences.
In Uganda, actors have fame but take on second jobs to make a living, as pirated movies eat into industry profits. Critics say these pirates are stealing more than just movies: They’re robbing the industry of a future.
On Uganda’s Lake Victoria, cage fish farms take the guesswork out of fishing, as farmers feed fish in controlled areas – which makes them easy to harvest. But as the popularity of fish farming grows, residents worry about its effect on local water.
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.
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’s capital city, rapid growth means high demand for housing and services, and some enterprising Ugandans have made careers for themselves as middlemen. But connecting buyers and sellers isn’t always a win-win.