In 2013, the Ugandan government passed the Public Order Management Act, stating that organizers must inform police before holding any large public gatherings. Officials say they want to prevent disorderly conduct, but many people point to the law as a convenient way to discourage opposition.
Rents in many informal settlements in Buenos Aires are just as high as rents in the city’s safer districts, which boast better utilities. But many have no choice but to live in the former, because rental contracts in the latter demand costly down payments beyond the reach of many locals.
Often held in overcrowded prisons meant for adults, many children arrested in Uganda don’t even know their rights. But the nonprofit Free Child Uganda has given legal aid to some 1,000 children, since Winfred Adukule-Meuter founded the organization in 2016.
Hundreds of residents of a municipality near Kisangani built their homes on low-lying land prone to flooding. In April, the local government, citing a previously unknown construction ban, destroyed their homes.
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.
Building on Zimbabwe’s wetlands is illegal, but that hasn’t stopped the important ecosystems from being developed. Lax enforcement of the law means developers don’t face repercussions, but environmentalists argue that dire environmental consequences – for all Zimbabweans – are inevitable.
Roughly half of those killed in road accidents in Uganda die because they didn’t get medical attention quickly enough. But fewer Ugandans are reporting accidents, because they fear being detained or even arrested by the police just for reporting an accident.
Young girls who have been raped are coming more frequently to hospitals in Democratic Republic of Congo, but not to courtrooms. Families often strike a deal with rapists to pay compensation in exchange for not pressing charges. Family honor is on the line, but emotional and physical trauma remain.