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Divorced with four kids, Esther (not real names) battled with a violent partner for several years. Constrained by the belief in the Lugbara culture that domestic violence is a private issue, Esther couldn’t open up about the issue and thus continued to conceal and live with this for the years they...
I used to think that all men under-value women, especially their role/contribution in economic development. That was until the day I had a chat with the Chairperson Local council five (LC5) of Packwach District, Mr. Omito Robert Steen, where he said, “Some people might say I have all the reasons to...
Oxfam’s Uganda Country Director Peter Kamalingin shares a light moment with Deng Bol, a teacher who sought refuge from conflict in South Sudan by crossing the border into Uganda.
Last week when I arrived in Arua and Adjumani I was shocked. The two northern Uganda districts have, since December, taken in more than 60,000 South Sudanese who have sought refuge from the deplorable violence in their home country. What jolted me, however, weren’t the urgent needs like water and...
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This November, off my stage performances, I had an opportunity of meeting some smallscale women farmers who are supported by Oxfam and partners in Nebbi District. It was so different from my day to day routine as it gave me a whole new perspective on the efforts and struggles these women go through...
Norah
Uganda, as a country is endowed with such beauty, filled with so much opportunity and promise and yet we also face many challenges. One of the greatest threats to our development is the impact of climate change as rising temperatures; drought and flooding are already hitting majority of Ugandans...
Joseph and Maria taking care of their pigs
38 year old Apio Maria was born and raised in Karamoja and married off at just a tender age of 16. Just like many Karamajong women, she cannot believe she now owns so much in her life and has people who look up to her.
Oxfam supported farmer, Lilian Aguaru in her shop. Credit: Dorah Ntunga/Oxfam
About 6 years ago, Lillian Aguaru had given up hope of living a life free from poverty. Today, the 28 -year-old entrepreneur and mother of one is successful not only as a business owner and a farmer – she also has created employment for three people who work in her shop and gardens. Our Information...
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