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Citizens React: Should Alcohol Consumption in Uganda be Regulated?

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: HealthPolitics

A Ugandan lawmaker plans to propose tightened laws to regulate alcohol sales and consumption. People have mixed opinions about whether the proposed law is needed.

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Ignoring Doctors’ Orders, Some Pregnant Women in Uganda Eat Clay

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: Health

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.

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Female Students Claim Discrimination Over Short Hair Policies at Some Uganda Schools

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: EducationHuman Rights

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.

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Gamblers Seek Riches in Kampala’s Sports Betting Halls

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: Business

Critics of Kampala’s growing sports gambling scene say betting halls cause poverty, while the men who frequent the halls say the promise of easy cash lures them.

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Grasshoppers, Uganda’s Seasonal Snack, Bring Business Boom for Traders

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: BusinessCulture

People who catch and sell grasshoppers in Uganda say the insects are in scarce supply this season, which means they’re earning more money than ever for people who market them.

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Region: AfricaUganda

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Green Energy Program in Uganda Fights Hunger, Protects Refugees From Sexual Assault

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Rights

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.

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Ugandans Who Mix Traditional Beliefs With Religion Now More Open About Practice

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: CultureHuman Rights

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.

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NGOs in Uganda Face Greater Scrutiny Under New Law, Worry About Impact on Their Work

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: BusinessHuman RightsPolitics

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.

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Wildlife Officials Target Traditional Healers In Uganda to Curb Poaching

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Rights

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.

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