Uganda

Ugandan engineer bets on bike-building to improve lives

 
A Ugandan whose life was changed by a bicycle is hoping to help bring the same experience to millions of other Ugandans. Chris, a young entrepreneur, is teaching local communities to build bikes from scrap metal, thus improving the lives of people living in isolated communities. Read more...

Spate of village chief killings hits northeast DR Congo

 
Since July, seven village chiefs have been killed in the Watalinga area, northeast Democratic Republic of Congo. These assassinations, which are the work of a militia called ADF-Nalu, have sent the local population into a panic. Read more...
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Water bottles lighten up Uganda slums

 
Members of the Daylight Project organisation have been roaming around Kampala’s poorest slums to bring a little light to its cramped homes, where it is dim even in the middle of the day. These lamps don’t require electricity: they work with just water bottles and pieces of sheet metal. Read more...
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'I play a gay man in Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal'

 
“I’m gay.” With these words, nervously uttered to his best friend, an ambitious young businessman’s life starts to fall apart. This is the plot of the Ugandan play “The River and the Mountain”, which created a stir in a country where homosexuality is not only illegal, but could soon become punishable by death. Our Observer Okuyo Joel Atiku Prynce, who plays the gay man in the play, tells us of the challenges of taking on this sensitive role. Read more...
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Opposition leader arrested… for walking to work

 
Gas and fuel prices are so high in Uganda that many people can no longer afford to drive their cars or motorcycles to work. In solidarity, opposition leaders have announced they would also start walking to work every Monday and Thursday. Needless to say, their initiative has not gone down well with the authorities. Read more…

Uganda’s motorbike taxis: a speedy way … to get yourself killed

Some 32 percent of the deaths on Ugandan roads take place on a motorbike or scooter. And yet for locals and tourists alike, the country's No. 1 form of transport is the "boda boda", or motorbike-taxi. Read more...

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Anti-gay bill "inspired by American pastors"

The Ugandan parliament is currently discussing legislation about how best to "fight homosexuality". The bill in question will see all homosexuals jailed, along with those who refuse to out them. According to one Ugandan pastor, the project was strongly influenced by religious extremists from the US. Read more...

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