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Alone on the Job: Security Guards in Uganda Fear for Their Safety

Region: Uganda

Topics: Human RightsJobs

Security guards in Uganda’s capital Kampala say private companies are putting their safety at risk by failing to implement police directives, such as requiring security guards to be on duty in pairs. Some have decided to leave the profession all together.

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Thefts at Motor Accident Scenes Leave Ugandan Authorities Unable to Identify Bodies

Region: Uganda

Topics: Human Rights

In Uganda, stealing from people who have been hurt or killed in road accidents is becoming more common, causing authorities to have trouble identifying the deceased. Government solutions are underway, and in the meanwhile, officials are encouraging people to document the thefts.

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As Need Rises, Palliative Care Services Remain Insufficient in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: AccessHealthHuman RightsPolitics

Uganda’s health budget isn’t providing enough for palliative care, resulting in a shortage of much-needed pain relievers and other services. Local organizations are stepping in, but health workers say that without the funding, they are only able to serve a fraction of the thousands of patients in need.

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Is Honesty the Best Policy at Ugandan Funerals?

Region: Uganda

Topics: Culture

There’s an emerging trend at rural funeral services in Uganda: listing the faults of the deceased instead of praising them. People say it can set a precedent for better lifestyle choices, but others worry that such pronouncements disrespect the mourners.

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As Brides Get Older, Bride Prices Go Down

Region: Uganda

Topics: CultureWomen's Rights

Brides in Uganda come with a price, traditionally paid by the groom’s family to the bride’s family. But that price goes down if the woman is older – raising questions about the practice itself.

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Study Finds Contaminated Holy Water at Famous Ugandan Shrine, Not So Believers Say

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthReligion

Many people in Uganda believe that holy water heals illnesses, and drink it without boiling it first. But it might be what’s causing the problem in the first place.

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Drying Maize on the Ground Increases Health Risks and Decreases Exports in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: AgricultureHealth

In Uganda, farmers often dry their maize crop directly on the ground, which is cheaper than buying cloth to spread them on. But the practice increases the risk of disease-causing aflatoxins and could decrease maize exports if levels exceed international standards.

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When Husbands Don’t Leave a Will, Widows Must Fight for Their Inheritance

Region: Uganda

Topics: Legal RightsMoneyWomen's Rights

Widows in Uganda have few rights when it comes to claiming inheritance. Women’s groups that advocate for them have seen some success, but find themselves unable to reach many widows in need outside of urban areas.

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Keeping Goats in the Family: When Livestock Is Used as Dowry and Returned With a Widow

Region: Uganda

Topics: Moments

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Boda Boda Drivers in Uganda Say They’d Rather Flee Accidents Than Get Insurance

Region: Uganda

Topics: BusinessHuman Rights

Boda bodas, or motorcycle taxis, are a common but dangerous form of transportation in Uganda, causing hundreds of accidents per month. Drivers are required to hold insurance, but many don’t. Instead, they flee the scene to avoid being blamed for accidents.

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