A group of American Quakers say they are offering a way out for some desperate Ugandans fleeing the country’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act. If their account is accurate, it is a remarkable feat for a handful of individuals with very little experience in international aid.... Most Ugandan activists and international human rights groups are discouraging LGBT Ugandans from fleeing, since they largely go to Kenya and wind up in enormous refugee camps that are often just as dangerous for LGBT people as Uganda itself.... But the stories of people fleeing arrest or attack tug at the hearts of foreigners who want to offer direct help to people in crisis. The complex reality on the ground makes that hard to do through established channels — and the donors may never know the individuals they’ve helped. [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead
on Jul 14, 2014 -
In July 2011, Uganda's Little League baseball
team became the first African team to qualify
for the Little League World Series
, which was held in Williamsport, Pa., in August 2011. After beating the the 22-time World League qualifying Arabian American Little League squad from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
, the Ugandan team couldn't take part in the world series after their visas were denied
(NYT; alt: HuffPo
), due to concerns about birth certificate validity
, but that's not the end of their story. The Canadian team from Langley raised funds to travel to Uganda
, giving the Ugandan team the match they were denied
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jan 20, 2012 -
Current TV previously & previously
, the media company founded by Al Gore after the 2000 election, has picked up the kinds of in depth long form journalism being rapidly dropped by major networks, but has been tantalizingly unavailable for those without cable; until now. They have been putting their Vanguard episodes up on their website and on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Apr 30, 2011 -
On February 18th, Ugandans held Presidential and Parliamentary elections. While the final results are still being tabulated, it appears Yoweri “Sevo” Museveni
has maintained his position
. Museveni, who has held power in Uganda for the past 25 years, is accused of using intimidation
in the electoral campaign, and opposition leaders are already calling for protests and fresh elections
. The official line
, however, is that Museveni’s off-the-cuff rap
won over the youth vote after it was it was remixed
and started getting airplay on the radio, in clubs, and as a ringtone. [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum
on Feb 24, 2011 -
Flooding in Uganda displaces 20,000.
Heavy rains in eastern Uganda have triggered flooding that has displaced more than 20,000 people and hampered search efforts to find victims of massive landslides feared to have killed hundreds, officials said Thursday.
posted by mdpatrick
on Mar 4, 2010 -
Bitone are full of love.
: Björk's song "All Is Full Of Love" is covered by Ugandan children and youths on an album by a organization called Bitone
(meaning "talent"). Their mission is to restore the lives and hopes of children between 8 and 18 years old in Uganda, whom have been traumatized by the death of their parents or loss of their home due to disease, war, or economic hardship. [via
posted by grapefruitmoon
on Sep 14, 2008 -
Every night, up to 40,000 Ugandan children "commute"
by foot into city-centres so that they may sleep on the street
, or in hospitals, churches and aid centres. They are sent by their parents in an attempt to escape the Lord’s Resistance Army
, the armed militia in a civil war that has for years been stealing kids from their homes, turning them into soldiers, servants and sex-slaves. On October 22nd
, raise awareness by marching in a Gulu Walk
, in 41 cities from Halifax to San Diego to Serbia to Gulu itself. Learn more via photo essays [BBC
], a radio documentary
, and videos
. [previously on MeFi
] Please spread the word.
posted by Marquis
on Oct 17, 2005 -
In Uganda, 1.7 million children have been orphaned by Aids - a tenth of the world's total. Here is one woman's story
. If you do not have the time to read through the article, please consider a visit to www.sendacow.org.uk
, the charity mentioned in the article.
posted by davehat
on Dec 1, 2003 -
But There's No Oil You Say?
The humanitarian situation in northern Uganda is worse than in Iraq, or anywhere else in the world, a senior United Nations official has said. It is a moral outrage" that the world is doing so little for the victims of the war, especially children, says UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Jan Egeland.
The rebels routinely abduct children to serve as sex slaves and fighters. Thousands of children leave their houses in northern Uganda to sleep rough in the major towns, where they feel more safe from the threat of abduction by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The United Nations [should] play a great role in scaling down the violence
The LRA, under shadowy leader Joseph Kony, says it wants to rule Uganda according to the Biblical Ten Commandments. They often mutilate their victims, by cutting off their lips, noses or ears.
posted by turbanhead
on Nov 10, 2003 -