Uganda

The Ugandan Radio Show That Saves Lives

Adam Bemma | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Bemma

In the Luo language, John Lacambel says, "Hello! This is Lacambel here at 102 Mega FM. It is Thursday and the time is now 10 p.m. This is Come Back Home." During the height of the 20-year-long brutal war with the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda, Lacambel was broadcasting Come Back Home up to three times a week to counter LRA propaganda. During the height of the 20-year-long brutal war with the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda, Lacambel was broadcasting Come Back Home up to three times a week to counter LRA propaganda.

What I Learned Spending Time with Orphans in Rural Uganda

Natalie Karneef | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Natalie Karneef

I spent May and June of 2014 in rural Uganda, volunteering as a blogger, videographer and teacher with the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, an organization...

Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill Is a Genocide in the Making

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

Human Rights Watch's LGBT Director Graeme Reid has characterized the bill as "an official incitement to commit violence" against those even suspected as being lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or trans-gendered. Amend these adjectives to "Tutsi" and you have a familiar precedent for the spirit of the present campaign, if on a smaller scale.

Co-ops Looking to Help Fill Leadership Void in Post-Conflict Uganda

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

Co-operatives have long been an effective way for impoverished and struggling communities to come together to lift themselves up and achieve greater prosperity. Today that same co-operative model is being put to use in countries throughout the developing world. Uganda is just one such example.

Co-Operatives Supporting Ugandan Farmers Share the Wealth

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 12.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

Baina Omugisa means "the lucky ones," but the members of BOMIDO Co-operative Society in the Masindi district of Western Uganda are making their own luck by working hard and sharing the knowledge they have gained through IFAPI to grow their farms and increase the amount they earn from their produce.

Co-operatives Are Changing Lives in Uganda

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

Have you ever watched a TV commercial for international aid and wondered how people's donations work in developing countries? Before I travelled to northern Uganda as part of a team of volunteers with the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), I did. But on that trip I met many Ugandans whose lives are being improved with the help of generous Canadians, and my outlook was forever changed.

The Injustice In Uganda That Is Affecting Our Neighbours In Canada

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

This coming Saturday, the Ugandan Canadian community is organizing a public protest to highlight the shortcomings of a new government policy in Uganda. Henry Luyombya and Morris Komakech reflect with me why they believe Canada and Canadians should be alarmed and concerned about what is happening in their native land.

We Still Forget the "T" in "LGBT"

Richard Marceau | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Richard Marceau

At a time when LGBT communities face frightening and growing prejudice from governments overseas, Canada's Bill C-279 serves as a stark moral contrast with the likes of Uganda, Russia, and numerous undemocratic regimes across the Middle East. It is often overlooked that the "T" in LGBT refers to the transgender community, members of which continue to face serious discrimination in some quarters. In supporting C-279 and calling on Parliament to enshrine greater protection for transgender Canadians, I am proud that we continue the legacy today.

To the Jews in Jerusalem: "Get Out or We'll Start Shooting!"

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

"We say get out, or you're dead!" "We'll give them two minutes and start shooting!" Elias Hazineh, former President of Palestine House spoke these wo...

For Some Children, War Is No Video Game

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

"But all my friends have them!" implored by 11-year-old son Derrick, arguing once again for the purchase of M-rated video games (for "Mature"). How do I explain that there are children all around the world who don't play games like these -- their actual lives read like an ESRB warning?

Harper Government Sees Outrage (And Approval) After Funding Anti-Gay Group

CP | Fannie Olivier, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.06.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government has received scores of letters and emails over government funding being provided to an organization that referred to ho...

How Canada Saved Me From Violence

Nam Kiwanuka | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Nam Kiwanuka

Before we left Kampala, Uganda's capital, it was a daily occurrence for me as a young child to see dead bodies in the street and to fall asleep to the sounds of machine guns and screams. And when my father failed to come home, I always thought that his voice was one of those screams I heard in the night.

This Former MuchMusic VJ Is Making an Impact

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

To those of us who immigrated to Canada in the 1990s, Namugenyi "Nam" Kiwanuka was our introduction to Canada. She was a smart and engaging celebrity MuchMusic VJ. As if being a new mother is not occupying much of her time, the Ugandan native has used whatever time she has left fulfilling the promise of her Canadian citizenship by bringing attention to worthy causes all around the world.

Anti-Gay Religious Group Gets Government Cash

CP | Lina Dib and Fannie Olivier, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.12.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An evangelical organization that describes homosexuality as a "perversion" and a "sin" is receiving funding from the Government of Canada for...

The Radio Station Building Peace in Uganda

Mary Warner | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Mary Warner

David Okidi is a journalist in Northern Uganda and was the station manager at Mega FM, a radio station in the northern Ugandan region of Gulu. He recently joined the board of directors of Farm Radio International. Farm Radio International (FRI) helps African radio broadcasters meet the needs of local small-scale farmers and their families in rural communities. I met him for lunch.

Gay Rights in Uganda isn't a Colonial Issue

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

On an official visit to Canada last week, Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of Uganda's parliament, found herself in a bit of a tiff with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird. Speaker Kadaga protested Minister Baird's "arrogance" and "promoting homosexuality." She declared, "We are not a colony of Canada." But Canada will not be any better off if Uganda stops threatening its gays. Minister Baird called out Speaker Kadaga because today, in the community of nations, where we all theoretically equal, it is anathema to the concept of human dignity that a state should sanction the persecution of a group of its own citizens for no reason other than who they are. Standing up against that is not colonialism; it's decency.

What African Heads of State Won't Say at the UN General Assembly

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

The opening of the UN General Assembly is taking place before us. Unfortunately, with one particular group of world leaders, in an area where they desperately need a makeover, one will probably not be forthcoming. Paul Biya, the President of Cameroon will not have the courage to stand up before his fellow African heads of state and proclaim that state-sanctioned bigotry and persecution of gays throughout Africa must become a relic of the past. Nor will Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda. But this is a time to give a voice to the voiceless.

Why Young Blood in Politics is a Good Idea

Mariah Griffin-Angus | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada Politics
Mariah Griffin-Angus

The issue of age recently exploded in the Ugandan media when a 19-year-old woman won a by-election in Usuk, Uganda. How could someone so young, so inexperienced, adequately represent her constituents? In Uganda, as in Canada, the youth are the ones bearing the brunt of the global economic crisis, and yet are facing constant criticism for being entitled for wanting a good education and decent jobs. They have a right to be represented and heard.

Don't Teach a Man to Fish, Ask Him What he Needs

Jacquie Green | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada Impact
Jacquie Green

I was thinking about the old saying, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." I realized that probably it's a bad idea to teach people to fish. Probably it's better to ask them how they can solve the problem of feeding their families, then lend them the money to help them implement their own solutions. FINCA empowers the poor and allows them to develop small businesses as they see fit, through microfinancing.

The Torture Chambers That Spoil Uganda's 50th Birthday

Mariah Griffin-Angus | Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada
Mariah Griffin-Angus

In Nyamata, a small, dusty town in southern Rwanda, there lies a tidy, red brick church. Its walls are riddled with bullet holes. The interior holds bloody smears on the floor, torn clothing neatly piled on benches, and rows of bones. But Idi Amin's torture chambers are something different altogether.

Unless we Can Stop the Ivory Hunt, Say Goodbye to Rhinos

Mariah Griffin-Angus | Posted 10.30.2012 | Canada
Mariah Griffin-Angus

The rhino has been around for 50-million years. It has only taken the past 40 years to eradicate 90 per cent of them. It's hard to believe an elephant tusk or rhino's horn can fetch as much as $1-million USD on the black market, but soon there won't be any ivory left to harvest.

In Uganda, Gay Rights Activists Fight Back

Mariah Griffin-Angus | Posted 10.21.2012 | Canada
Mariah Griffin-Angus

Small acts of courage by gay rights activists in Uganda are taking place against a backdrop of virulent hatred and fear. The country's tabloids, most notably Rolling Stone (not affiliated with the music magazine) and Red Pepper, thrive on spreading messages of hysteria with regards to the 'gay epidemic'. Rolling Stone published a list of 100 'homos' and called for them to be hanged. David Kato, a prominent Ugandan gay rights activist, was one on the list and he was brutally beaten to death with a hammer shortly after.

The New Terror Stalking Ugandans

Mariah Griffin-Angus | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada
Mariah Griffin-Angus

Recently, physical contact was banned in Uganda. The re-emergence of Ebola, with two cases discovered in Kampala, has sparked fear in the country. And little wonder. It's a disease that could have been created by writers of a Hollywood horror movie -- a communicable disease that often causes fever, bleeding and death. But there is another disease stalking Uganda that doesn't fit the traditional images of outbreak and disease. And it's coming for the children.

The Grapes Of Rush

Samaritanmag.com | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada Music
Samaritanmag.com

When he's not touring the world or recording albums that continue to influence generations of younger musicians, Rush singer and bassist Geddy Lee supports a grape cause. A wine-loving philanthropist, Lee, 59, sits on the board of directors of the Grapes For Humanity Global Foundation, a charity organization founded in Canada, and expanded in 2007 with a U.S. arm that has collectively raised over $4 million through numerous wine-related fundraisers.

In Ugandan Nightclubs, There are No Rules

Mariah Griffin-Angus | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Travel
Mariah Griffin-Angus

Nowhere are the contradictions of Uganda more readily apparent than in the nightclubs on any given evening. Uganda is a fairly conservative society; public displays of affection are frowned upon in public, and women often wear modest clothing. When the clubs open, the rules change. The hemlines become shorter and shirts a bit tighter.