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Uganda Distress

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S: Kathleen Bird


1: The countries flag has their national bird; the crested crane.

2: Clean water is not easy to come by. In some parts of Uganda the water is shared with wild animals and not sanitary making some diseases hard to combat.

3: Many take education for granted in America, but if you have the opportunity to study in Uganda you're very lucky. Enrollment rate has increased since making in free in 1996. | But now the problem is to many students per teacher.

4: Religion is a large part of the country. This mosque is the focal point of the city.

5: The rural neighborhoods are not anything we are used to. They are made out of mud brick typically although they do have more modern homes made out of plastic. | It's not uncommon for someone to rent out a second home they own. however because mubbrick is what most people can afford they're more common.

6: Jewelry making is a popular way to make money in the country. Some of the beads are made out of glass or paper. The women and children typically make them then they go to the market where they are sold but not for much money. There are programs now to sell the jewelry worldwide through the Internet.

8: Life and jobs there is extremely hard. this man is carrying a Nile fish to market for sale.

9: Their version of a taxi is far different from anything we are used to. This taxi is commonly found i m

10: A video campaign to bring an accused Ugandan war criminal to justice has taken the world by surprise after receiving over 25 million web hits. Joseph Kony, the fugitive head of the Lord's Resistance Army rebels, is accused of abducting thousands of children and forcing them to become either soldiers or sex slaves. The video claims his rebel group is behind atrocities across four African countries - Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan. | Ugandan Warlord Video Takes Web By Surprise

11: The movies have come to life for many people with warlord Joseph Kony being prosecuted in International Criminal Court for actions against humanity. His terror reigned for four different countries in Africa. formed in 1988 originally with a political agenda against the Ugandan government at the time.

12: Police officer, 5 injured in Luweero garbage demonstration | "Authorities at Kasana Health Centre confirmed to the Daily Monitor that Ms Kabajasi Joelia, attached to Luweero Central Police Station, was hit by a sharp object on her lower jaw. A two-month-old baby and four women were also injured as police attempted to disperse the demonstrators, who had blocked traffic on the Kampala-Gulu Highway. Most of the injuries were attributed to teargas fired by anti-riot police to disperse the demonstrators."

13: The demonstration led by Council Mayor Mr Charles Sebyala, started over the garbage disposal system in Luweero Town, Uganda. A female police officer was hit in the jaw with a sharp object and she was admitted to Kasana Health Care Center, A baby and four other women were admitted because of teargas that was used by anti-riot officials. The rioters blocked off the highway and started throwing stones.

14: The currency is called a shilling. (UGX) | The first Ugandan shilling (UGS) replaced the East African shilling in 1966 at par. Following high inflation, a new shilling (UGX) was introduced in 1987 worth 100 old shillings.

15: his guard watches over drums that where taken out of one of the kings tombs there. They were never played just meant for the king.

16: A Uganda twist on the backpack using dyes and string. they carry things to and from the market more often then school unfortunately.

17: The Women typically make these to sell in the local villages. | Mixed bead multiple strand bracelet - recycled glass, bone, clay, amber and stone beads - strung on memory

18: NRM MPs okay review of House decisions | However, the proposal of two thirds was rejected by the Deputy Attorney General saying that that can only be a privilege enjoyed by a constitutional amendment. "':"Lira Municipality MP James Akena (UPC) said the government and the NRM MPs might be having a hidden agenda in opposing the proposal to have two thirds of the House support the motion to rescind the decisions. “As we are trying to solve a situation, we are setting ourselves up,” he said.

19: “If the NRM wants to assure this House that they are not up to something mischievous, then they should consent to the two thirds proposal.” | The house wanted to change the rule that once the prime minister made a decision you couldn't go back on it. The new proposal that was determined by half of the house (187) members wanted to allow a review of previous rulings made by the house and Prime minister. However they were overturned because others felt it was a tricky way to undermine Parliament.

20: Rwanda: Exodus of Ugandan Teachers to Nation | The exodus of English teachers seeking the greener pastures of Rwanda began in 2008, when this primarily francophone country adopted English as the official language of instruction for schools. This move was meant to bring the country on par with other East African Community member states - Uganda, Tanzania and the region's economic powerhouse Kenya - that already use English as their second language.Another explanation for the exodus is the unhappiness of many Ugandan teachers with the work circumstances in their home country. Complaints abound about poor school buildings, lack of resources and overdue salary payments, especially in government-run schools.

21: Schooling is a constant problem in Uganda. the country has done dismal efforts to help the teachers but nothing has stabilize the problem. First the kids wouldn't come and now the teachers don't get paid enough to do their jobs. Rwanda has placed major importance on school even making English their language to teach.

22: Uganda: Streamline Reasons for Impeaching Museveni - UPC | Bbosa told journalists that the cardinal reason for impeaching the Ugandan President is his lack of respect for the Constitution. He added that Museveni looks at the Constitution of Uganda as a mere document that bars him from achieving his personal desires."The constitution of Uganda prohibits anyone from waging a war against people or any country without first consulting its citizens who are represented by Parliament. But the UPDF has been deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo without anyone's consent," Bbosa said. He pledged the party's full support to the movement behind the impeaching of the President because they believe that the he [Museveni] came into power under false mandate".

23: By tThe president is cast in a light of not doing his job. To the people of the country he owes them a just government in a leader and that is not what they are getting. The accounts of the article the President is not doing his job right and legally. The fact that he throws the constitution out the window and sends soldiers to war with no consent isn't right in their eyes and mine. The point is so people can talk over what should be done and he is eliminated that part of the government completely it seems.

24: Dear Maddie, My stay in Uganda has been a turbulent one. The relations here with other villages and countries are complex. The warlords are the ones with the true power and from what I have gathered; if you want to move up at all you must pay them. There is a constitution however; there aren’t enough officials to uphold it. The place I am staying is similar to what I thought it would be. It’s a mud brick hut with a tin roof and a dirt floor. I’m lucky there is a slight breeze going through the village because most of the time it is unbearably hot. The foods take getting used to like the traditional dish of hot mashed bananas served on banana leaves is an acquired taste. They have a lot of bread kwon kaal (millet bread), chapati (flat bread), and rice is common. Sweet potatoes are here to and their most common meat is pork, beef, and goat (goat is a little out there for me). A delicacy for them here is a white ant with the wings off and then it’s salted and fried. Can’t wait to hear from you again, miss you and the family! Love, Kath

25: Dear Meg, I am now a month into my trip here. It is getting increasingly harder to be here when all this corruption is going on. If you want to do almost anything it’s not a government official you have to see. A warlord of someone of that level is the only one who can truly help you but the price is always high. It’s is not uncommon for a male child to be turned into a solider by the rebel groups and the girls have been rumored to be abducted and raped. The malicious things these groups do are unspeakable and yet no one can stop them. The whooping cough, tuberculosis, diphtheria, measles, cholera, polio, have immunization campaigns going on but malaria and intestinal diseases are still common in rural areas. Aids runs rampant here and as we know it’s a fatal disease. They are giving more information out and the rate of Aids has dropped but not nearly enough to make a substantial difference. There are hospitals available not to far from major cities here but they are often understaffed and not enough vaccines. Its very different than anything I have seen at home. A ceremony is about to be underway to I have to go. Hope everything is well will write soon! Love, Kath

26: Dear Mike, Today I had to wake up to the sound of drums. I was told by another peace core worker that a wedding was going on today. Usually people here get married by 18 crazy right?! But the ones who are getting married today are apparently between 19-25 more common ages for people living in urban areas. This is the man’s second wife (if I understood correctly) which is very common here. Families are large and this has much to do with multiple wives and because you can have multiple kids at once. However due to the AIDs problem sometimes these large families are left without parents so the oldest male has to become head of household. The wedding today is a Christian ceremony with some similarities to ones we have seen at home. This is being held in a church a more common practice as the western culture creeps in here. They still usually wear the traditional dresses and outfits. I’m off hope everything is good!! Love, Kath

27: Liberation Day! June 26 Uganda Liberation Day marks the events of January 26, 1986, when the military junta was overthrown by the National Resistance Army following a five-year civil war. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni assumed the presidency at that time. His reign has been marked by relative stability and economic growth, although marred by his intervention in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Museveni also faces a rebel movement in northern Uganda.

28: Leaked documents & PLATFORM report reveal extent of Oil threat to Uganda The report ''Cursed contracts: Uganda's oil agreements place profit before people'' raises serious economic and environmental concerns about how oil will be extracted at Lake Albert.Uganda is heading towards oil production in 2010/11 with no oil legislation yet in place, no revenue management system, and is locked into contracts that undermine the country's sovereign control over its own natural resource.

29: Lake Albert provides many valuable resources for the people of the county. The oil coming into play one would think would help them and their economy. However this has raised major problems with the environment and safety of the people. With the government not putting a legislation in place they are not protecting their own people. In a related article some thought the warlords had something to do with this as well, stating they control almost everything else in the war torn country.

30: “Making land work for us all” Land and Equity Movement in Uganda Uganda recognised four different land holding systems, each with its own rules, and each bestowing on owners different rights and responsibilities. This means that the situation for women’s rights is quite different for each tenure system: the rights which women can claim in land are quite different, administrative and legal arrangements for protecting those rights are different, and women face different threats to achieving fair rights in each case. Under freehold (and mailo), if a man’s name is on the title, then the wife and children can legally be deprived of all rights. Under customary tenure, land is owned by families and so it is much easier to protect women’s rights. With leasehold, conditions regarding the rights of spouses and children could be built into the lease conditions, though this has not been the practice.

31: Typical practices authorize the head of the family or household eligible for landholding. this traditional way of dealing with property rarely protects the women. Women can be arranged to gain the property but this is only upheld if an authority gets written consent from both the landholder and women supposed to gain it. The clan traditionally can serve as the authority but because a clan can and usually does consist of family members, this is rarely upheld as the men in the family stand to gain more if they can obtain the land. There are multiple organizations and laws you must go through but with the country being severely disorganized it remains almost impossible.

32: Citations and Annotations Pictures This store sells fruits and vegetables to the people in the community. This is polar opposite to what we are used to and is a little shocking. Goods for Sale. 2010. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2012. Web. 10 Feb 2012. This is the nile perch is weight 176 lbs. This is a commercial fish for selling and eating. This is a way of life for them . Nile Perch. 2008. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2012. Web. 10 Feb 2012. This photo captures one of Uganda’s cities. The mosque is the main building and one of the larger ones. Kampala Mosque. 2008. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2012. Web. 10 Feb 2012. This group of school children at the secondary school which only 40 percent make it to. There is a lot of kids all pushed into one room, they look to be about the same age. Not great conditions to be learning things in. Classroom. 2007. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2012. Web. 10 Feb 2012.

33: This is a middle aged woman with her two small children. They are making necklaces out of paper beads. The woman had fled her home in northern Africa to get away from the poverty and violence and now lives in Namuwungo slum in Kampala. Paper Beads. 2008. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2012. Web. 16 Feb 2012 These are rural homes that are made out of mud brick. They have some homes made out of more modern material but prefer the traditional kind because the rent is much cheaper. It isn’t uncommon for someone to own multiple mud houses and rent them out. Rural Homes. 2008. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2012. Web. 16 Feb 2012. This is a water distribution point in Naguru Go Down slum in Kampala. Most homes in Uganda do not have access to running water. Gathering Water. 2008. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2012. Web. 16 Feb 2012. In Kampala, Uganda this is a traditional thing you would see. This is their version of a taxi called a “boda boda” and are most common in market places and smaller towns. The driver will get paid around $0.60 and $1.20 for a ride. Bicycle Taxi. 2008. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2012. Web. 16 Feb 2012.

34: This is a rural road where motorists, animals, and pedestrians all have to share to road. The farmer isn’t bothered by the speeding traffic passing him by. Thoroughfare. 2010. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2012. Web. 16 Feb 2012 This is the national flag of Uganda and the bird in the middle is their national emblem. Balearic Crested Crane is the name of the bird. "Flag of Uganda." Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations. Gale, 2010. Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 24 Feb. 2012. Artifacts "Project Have Hope." Project Have Hope. 15 Aug. 2011. Web. 12 Mar. 2012. .Bracelets made are sold across the world and benefit the villages that made them . "Project Have Hope." Project Have Hope. 15 Aug. 2011. Web. 12 Mar. 2012. .Modern twist on a backpack and another item that can be bought online or in the market place in Uganda.

35: "Uganda Currency." GMT: Greenwich Mean Time. 23 Jan. 2008. Web. 12 Mar. 2012. .the currency of the country hold various images representing the country and its more natural resources. http://google.com/images/uganda drums These drums are guarded as they came out of an ancient tomb of a king. The Uganda Holiday of Liberation takes place June 26 and celebrates when the new regime came to power back In 1986. "Uganda Liberation Day." TheFreeDictionary.com. Web. 29 Mar. 2012. .

36: Document Citation and Annotation "Leaked Documents & PLATFORM Report Reveal Extent of Oil Threat to Uganda." PLATFORM -. Platform, 2006. Web. 29 Mar. 2012. . Uganda has in the recent years found and started drilling oil. The proper laws are not in place however and the environment and the people are not protected. The government is bypassing many regulations that would make the operation fully legal and safer. " LEMU - The Land and Equity Movement in Uganda." LEMU Documents. Norweidan Refugee Council, Feb. 2009. Web. 30 Mar. 2012. .

37: Newspaper Citations and Annotations Imaka, Issac. "NRM MPs Okay Review of House Decisions." - National |monitor.co.ug. 1 Mar. 2012. Web. 01 Mar. 2012. . This article is important to show how the government is not organized all the time. They have to go back and adjust because the country is in so much turmoil. The saddest part maybe that even with the news change it means very little because it is the warlords that run the country. "Ugandan Warlord Video Takes Web By Surprise." Sky News. Sky News. Web. 08 Mar. 2012. . Kony has truly taken the world back by the actions he has committed. It is only in the recent years his treachery has come to light. Many people around the world have seen the new video and are angered that somehow this man still lives. Schenkel, Mark. "Rwanda: Exodus of Ugandan Teachers to Nation." AllAfrica.com: Rwanda: Exodus of Ugandan Teachers to Nation. Allafrica.com, 16 Mar. 2012. Web. 22 Mar. 2012. . Teachers are always struggling in Uganda because there system is not a good one. Attendance rates went up but there aren’t enough teachers and they are not getting paid on time or at all forcing them to leave. Asiimwe, Brenda, and Patience Kengoro. "Streamline Reasons for Impeaching Museveni - UPC." AllAfrica.com. Allafrica.com, 22 Mar. 2012. Web. 22 Mar. 2012. . The president is cast in a light of not doing his job. To the people of the country he owes them a just government in a leader and that is not what they are getting. He ignores the constitution and does things like sends troops out without speaking to parliament which is necessary for the act to be carried out.

38: Newspaper Cont'd Wandera, Dan. "Police Officer, 5 Injured in Luweero Garbage Demonstration." - National |monitor.co.ug. 29 Feb. 2010. Web. 01 Mar. 2012. http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/-/688334/1356336/-/axws22z/-/index.html A police officer was injured during a riot and was hit in her jaw with a sharp object. These riots are becoming more frequent and both sides are suffering from the fights. Tear gas was also used as a way to control the crowds and again ended up hurting the officers.

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