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Freed from LRA Captors, Former Child Soldiers Struggle to Find Peace in Their Minds, Communities

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthHuman RightsPolitics

As the first indicted Lord’s Resistance Army commander awaits trial at the International Criminal Court, victims of the rebel group’s atrocities are recovering from war trauma with the help of nonprofit organizations and the Ugandan government. Those who were abducted in childhood and forced to fight often seek counseling and support as they wrestle with depression, guilt, rage, substance abuse and stigma. Still, some of the civilians who lost loved ones in the long rebel war demand the prosecution of conscripts who, like the officer charged with war crimes, grew to embrace the cause.

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In Their Quest to Impress, Many Young Ugandan Couples Strap on Debt When They Tie the Knot

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: BusinessCulture

In Uganda, where an elaborate wedding is a mark of success, couples are going deep in debt to put on impressive celebrations. Capitalizing on the business opportunities these events provide, entrepreneurs have opened more than 50 wedding planning companies in Kampala, the capital, over the past five years.

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Ugandan Women Cut into Traffic on Raceways, Rally Courses

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: Human Rights

Challenging the assumption that only rich men can compete, women are winning over sponsors and even clinching prestigious titles.

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In Uganda, Where Curvy is Beautiful, Women Round Out Their Figures With Padded Underwear

Region: Uganda

Topics: BusinessHuman Rights

In a bid to meet their society’s standard of beauty, Ugandan women who are not naturally endowed with wide hips, big bums and large breasts are enhancing their curves with padded underwear.

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Ugandan University Hospital, NGOs Team Up to Promote Condom Use

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: Education

To prevent unplanned pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, nonprofit organizations and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, supply condoms to students through student leaders and peer educators.

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Ugandan NGOs Resort to Suing Government to Protect Human Rights, Assure Access to Quality Education

Region: Uganda

Topics: Politics

Frustrated by what they perceive as the government’s unresponsiveness to the needs of the people, Ugandan civil society organizations increasingly ask the courts to enforce the constitution and national legislation.

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Crop-Leveling Floods Portend Ravages of Climate Change in Uganda

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: BusinessEnvironment

Heavy rains in Uganda’s Kasese district have caused devastating floods, prompting the local government to educate residents on the risks of farming near rivers in a country that is especially vulnerable to climate change.

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Education Gives Ugandan Prisoners Hope for Successful Second Chances

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: Education

Whatever they achieved before doing time, inmates have the opportunity to advance at prison schools through the university level. By preparing to work in trades and professions upon release, they grown in self-esteem and substantially reduce their risk of reoffending. Prison crowding impinges on their ability to focus on their studies, but construction plans and changes in the justice system promise to alleviate that problem.

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Disabled Maternity Patients Decry Mistreatment, Inadequate Facilities in Ugandan Public Hospitals

Region: AfricaUganda

Topics: Health

Disabled pregnant mothers report dissatisfactory deliveries at public health facilities because nurses mistreat them and the beds, doorways and ramps do not accommodate their needs.

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Ugandan Designer Promotes African Culture, Develops Fashion Industry

Region: Uganda

Topics: BusinessCulture

While preserving Ugandan culture, local designed Santo Anzo is also advancing the country’s fashion industry through her innovative work.

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