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08 Jun 2018 description

"They (men) look at us differently because we can even lend them money or pay our children's school fees"

By Moraa Obiria

ARUBELA, Uganda, June 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Once reliant on seasonal farming jobs to make ends meet, Aguti Rukia is now a successful entrepreneur in Arubela, eastern Uganda.

With the help of a $150 "micro-grant" last year, Rukia and two women from her village started a business buying petrol from fuel stations and selling it in smaller quantities to motorcycle taxis in the area.

02 Jun 2018 description

Efforts to assist millions of people fleeing Africa's biggest refugee crisis face a critical funding shortfall of nearly $800 million

By Serena Chaudhry

LONDON, June 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Efforts to assist millions of people fleeing South Sudan in Africa's biggest refugee crisis face a critical funding shortfall of nearly $800 million, a top regional United Nations official said on Friday.

15 May 2018 description

By Inna Lazareva

PAICHO, Uganda, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At the entrance to a round mud and elephant-grass hut in rural northern Uganda, Rose Lamwaka, 58, pauses and looks up at the ceiling of her new dwelling as if she cannot quite believe it is really there.

After her old home was burned down in a fire, a group of 15 local women built Lamwaka a new house on land lent to her by an uncle - a feat almost unheard of a generation ago before the conflict here, when men were the undisputed household heads.

10 May 2018 description

"You just ... get your gun, shoot people, rob people – that's how we used to get money"

By Inna Lazareva

AWACH, Uganda, May 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a young boy chasing chickens on his parents' farm in northern Uganda, Louis Lakor dreamed of becoming a teacher. But when he finally set foot in a local primary school, aged seven, it was as an armed killer.

03 May 2018 description

"They killed, therefore they do not deserve to be given land. The community members are angry with them"

By Sally Hayden

GULU, Uganda, May 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Julius Peter was finally freed after seven years held hostage by Uganda's notorious Lord's Resistance Army, he and his family hoped their lives would finally return to normal.

Instead, it was the start of a whole new ordeal.

07 Feb 2018 description

Two-thirds of refugees would consider paying for clean cookstoves and more than one-third for solar household products

By Zoe Tabary

LONDON, Jan 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Many refugees would like to buy low-carbon stoves and lights but poor access in camps and a lack of funding is forcing them to rely on "dirty and expensive" fuels, a report said on Tuesday.

11 Jan 2018 description

"I feel so happy to see fellow girls getting skills to stand for themselves, to feed their families, and help their parents and neighbours"

By Pius Sawa

KYANGWALI, Uganda, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In western Uganda's Kyangwali refugee settlement, Tamari Mutesi teaches tailoring to young women who do not go to school.

12 Apr 2017 description

By Daniel Wesangula

NAIROBI, April 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children whose mothers were raped by rebels in Uganda say war was better than peace because they felt a greater sense of family cohesion and status during the conflict compared to the violence, stigma and rejection they face in peacetime, a study showed.

Researchers from Canada's McGill University interviewed 60 children born to women abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group, which waged a brutal insurgency in Uganda for two decades until 2005, when it was forced over the border.

23 Mar 2017 description

62 countries - representing almost two-thirds of the world's population - still recognise only female victims of rape

By Anna Pujol-Mazzini

LONDON, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sexual violence against men in conflict-torn countries from Syria to the Democratic Republic of Congo is an "invisible" crime, with victims reluctant to speak out for fear of being ostracised and mocked, researchers said.

03 Mar 2017 description

Sending small amounts of aid before a predicted disaster could help cut what needs to be spent afterward, officials say

By Zoe Tabary

ENTEBBE, Uganda, March 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every year families are displaced and crops destroyed in Uganda by torrential rains – and extreme weather events may be worsening as a result of climate change.

31 Jan 2017 description

"This is concerning and may indicate that there's a bigger story beginning to emerge in Africa"

By Sally Hayden

LONDON, Jan 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A drug widely used to cure malaria has failed for the first time in patients being treated in Britain, raising questions over whether the parasite is becoming resistant to drugs, researchers said on Tuesday.

17 Jan 2017 description

by Astrid Zweynert | azweynert | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:13 GMT

"We see much more money being spent in responding to disasters and very little in preventing them"

By Astrid Zweynert

LONDON, Jan 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments need to step up efforts in preparing for disasters to cut the rising bill for helping people hit by crises, the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said.

29 Dec 2016 description

After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies

By Umberto Bacchi

LONDON, Dec 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies as they brace for the fallout from protracted conflicts and other escalating crises.

The United Nations estimates almost 93 million people in 33 countries will need humanitarian aid and has appealed for a record $22.2 billion to help them.

15 Nov 2016 description

by Tom Gardner | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 14:00 GMT

New arrivals to Uganda are allocated a plot of land, can work, run businesses, and move freely around the country

By Tom Gardner

LAKE NAKIVALE, Uganda, Nov 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nyirahubinka Maria, a Congolese refugee and mother of two, lives in "New Congo", the oldest and largest of 86 small villages scattered over the plains and low rising hills that surround Lake Nakivale in southwest Uganda.

23 Sep 2016 description

by Kagondu Njagi

Could growing cassava and sweet potato help Somali families become more resilient to drought?

SELELE, Uganda, Sept 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Amina Shale, a Somali farmer, says worsening droughts and ever more unpredictable weather are making getting a crop ever harder.

"It can take a whole year before the rains come," she complained. "Growing crops like tomatoes is very tiring because I have to water them at least twice a day."

10 Sep 2016 description

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Sept 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Looting, kidnapping and sexual violence are increasing in South Sudan, refugees arriving in Uganda have told the United Nations, while hunger and disease are worsening as conflict continues.

Over 103,000 South Sudanese have fled to Uganda since fierce fighting in the capital between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar in July raised fears that the five-year-old nation could slide back into civil war.

05 Sep 2016 description

by Yasin Kakande | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Sunday, 4 September 2016 06:00 GMT

"I didn't know until later that I had been sterilised. I found out when I visited a clinic because I kept getting stomach pains"

By Yasin Kakande

KAMPALA, Sept 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ida, 29, was six months pregnant when she suddenly felt abdominal pains and went to a government hospital in Kampala.

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18 May 2016 description

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 17:21 GMT

By Kizito Makoye

DAR ES SALAAM, May 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Drought-afflicted herders have been ordered to remove their cattle from Tanzania's national parks, where they had moved in a bid to find new food sources, the Tanzanian government said late on Monday.

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10 Feb 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:06 GMT

By Evelyn Lirri

KAMPALA, Feb 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two parliamentary committees want to cut costs by closing down the Uganda Aids Commission (UAC), set up 24 years ago to oversee and coordinate HIV prevention and control - despite activists' fears that this could damage the fight against HIV/AIDS

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