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24 Jan 2015 description
report The New York Times

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

BANGWEULU WETLANDS, Zambia — Out here on the endless swamps, a harsh truth has been passed down from generation to generation: There is no fear but the fear of hunger.

With that always weighing on his mind, Mwewa Ndefi gets up at dawn, just as the first orange rays of sun are beginning to spear through the papyrus reeds, and starts to unclump a mosquito net.

04 Sep 2012 description
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GARAMBA NATIONAL PARK, Democratic Republic of Congo — In 30 years of fighting poachers, Paul Onyango had never seen anything like this. Twenty-two dead elephants, including several very young ones, clumped together on the open savanna, many killed by a single bullet to the top of the head.

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03 Aug 2012 description
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By JOSH KRON

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda’s sharp reduction of its AIDS rate has long been hailed as a Cinderella success story, inspiring a wave of aid programs and public health strategies to fight the disease across the developing world.

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12 Mar 2012 description
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By JOSH KRON

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda’s Public Enemy No. 1, Joseph Kony, became an overnight Internet sensation to the rest of the world this week, but many here knew little or nothing about the explosive online campaign.

Internet access was one reason.

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31 May 2010 description
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By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

MUKONO, Uganda - Lynet Nalugo dug a cassava tuber out of her field and sliced it open.

Inside its tan skin, the white flesh was riddled with necrotic brown lumps, as obviously diseased as any tuberculosis lung or cancerous breast.

"Even the pigs refuse this," she said.

The plant was what she called a "2961," meaning it was Variant No.

09 May 2010 description
report The New York Times

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

Published: May 9, 2010

KAMPALA, Uganda - On the grounds of Uganda's biggest AIDS clinic, Dinavance Kamukama sits under a tree and weeps.

Her disease is probably quite advanced: her kidneys are failing and she is so weak she can barely walk. Leaving her young daughter with family, she rode a bus four hours to the hospital where her cousin Allen Bamurekye, born infected, both works and gets the drugs that keep her alive.

But there are no drugs for Ms. Kamukama. As is happening in other clinics in Kampala, all new patients go on a waiting list.

27 Mar 2010 description
report The New York Times

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

Published: March 27, 2010

TAPILI, Congo - Depleted by an American-backed offensive and seemingly desperate for new conscripts, the Lord's Resistance Army, one of the most infamous armed groups in Africa, has killed hundreds of villagers in this remote corner of Congo and kidnapped hundreds more, marching them off in a vast human chain, witnesses say.

The massacre and abductions are a major setback to the effort to stamp out the remnants of the group, a primarily Ugandan rebel force that fielded thousands of soldiers in the 1980s and '90s.