Uganda’s Karamoja region is often portrayed as a rural frontier where life revolves around cattle, poverty and firearms. This photo story, a collaboration between reporters from Global Press Journal’s Uganda team, is the first in a series providing a glimpse of what life is really like in the northeast region of the country.
Theft of anti-malarial drugs is a huge problem in Uganda, causing a shortage of medication that is sorely needed to treat the disease. Counterfeit drugs often fill the void, despite government efforts to address the problem.
In Uganda, transgender people can be charged with a number of different crimes. Now, a local group is training members of the trans community as paralegals to provide them with legal support and advice.
In Uganda, a bill proposed by the government aims to regulate herbs used in traditional medicine. Some say the bill will help curb fraud, but traditional healers are more concerned about protecting their knowledge.
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, locally-made goods are twice as expensive as imported ones. The government wants to promote Ugandan manufacturing as part of a strategy to meet international standards – but local people are concerned that their quality doesn’t match their high price.
Uganda’s clothing industry has been dominated by secondhand garments for decades – until the government debuted an initiative to help boost local production. Now, the local fashion industry is experiencing a boom, and people don’t want to turn back.