Clay bars with herbs mixed into them are a traditional medicine for various ills. Some doctors warn against consuming the clay, but women say the bars relieve problems of pregnancy that Western treatments do not.
Girls of black African descent are upset over policies at some Ugandan schools that require them to cut their hair. The female students say the policies discriminate against them, as some girls of other ethnicities are allowed to grow their hair long.
A new green energy program at a refugee settlement in Uganda gives refugees free, locally made energy-saving stoves and slow-burning briquettes. The program aims to eliminate hunger, but also curb the sexual assault of women and girls who venture to remote areas for firewood.
Many Ugandans are becoming more open about their blending of traditional African religious practices with other religions, including Christianity and Islam, to maintain a connection to their ancestors. Decades ago, foreign missionaries branded the local beliefs as pagan, but some Ugandans have found a way to combine all their beliefs.
A new law in Uganda creates a national bureau to oversee nongovernmental organizations. Government officials say the law will improve those organizations’ functions, but human rights advocates say the changes could threaten their ability to provide support and services to marginalized communities.
Traditional healers say animal parts, including those from animals that are endangered or protected, play an important role in their treatments. But the Uganda Wildlife Authority is targeting those healers with raids to make sure they don’t possess pieces of endangered wildlife.