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In 2017, the Ugandan government funded a coffee shop project in Arua, which remains incomplete. Despite training local youths in business skills, the facility has now become a waste dumping site, leaving the trainees without opportunities to utilize their knowledge
In Ssese Islands of Kalangala district, a dark secret lies hidden beneath the surface. Children and young women, trafficked from various regions, find themselves trapped in a web of exploitation across Mazinga, Bubeke, and Bugoma islands. Forced into labor, commercial sex, forced marriage, and drug trafficking, these victims are caught in a ruthless cycle of abuse. NGOs like Kalangala Human Rights Defenders and Maria Theresa Foundation Kalangala work tirelessly to rescue and resettle survivors, but the fight against human trafficking in Uganda's idyllic islands continues.
The alarming poaching crisis in DR Congo sees over 30,000 elephants killed annually for their ivory, fueling a smuggling network through Uganda's West Nile region to meet rising demand in Asia. Despite international efforts, this illegal trade not only endangers elephants and ecosystems but also poses significant public health risks.
In the Masaka region, families are secretly forcing disabled male and female adolescents to undergo birth control procedures like vasectomy and female sterilization, as well as other inhumane methods to prevent sexual activity. This issue is prevalent in Masaka, Kalangala, Kyotera, and Rakai. Parents and guardians justify their actions, believing disabled teens are incapable of raising children. Although some affected teens have spoken up, local organizations like MADIPHA and other NGOs struggle to intervene due to the secretive nature of these practices.
Sand. Is it a blessing or a curse? Whereas it’s a precious raw material for construction, tiles, glass and computers, sand has become a different ball game for Ugandans when it gets out of the ground or Lake Victoria. As Gerald Tenywa found out in this investigation, the trade in sand is poorly regulated and is benefiting a few people including foreigners who operate in cartels backed by politicians.