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Monday 4 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C

# Uganda

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Opinion: I was a vulnerable girl when I came to Ireland, and I’m forever grateful to the loving friends I met
As an orphan in Uganda, I was faced with a lot of challenges growing up. But when I moved to Ireland my life changed: I felt safe.
Case Study: Being a gay woman in DRC and facing fears of 'punitive' rape
“One day, in 2007, I was surrounded by boys who told me they were going to rape me to give me a taste for men, that whatever I did I was still a woman.”
Fishermen blamed for huge number of HIV cases in Ugandan village
The going rate for sex in Kasensero is as little as €1.50.
From massacres and malnutrition to hope and healing - Burundi and Rwanda 20 years on
Deo Niyizonkiza survived a massacre in Burundi – escaped to New York – but returned to his native country with a plan to help thousands.
Column: There's a viral spread of increasingly restrictive laws curtailing human rights
The space in which human rights defenders can operate safely is steadily shrinking, with devastating consequences, writes Mary Lawlor.
Telecom giant Orange pull ads from Ugandan tabloid that outs LGBT people
Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law subjects all gays and lesbians to life imprisonment.
'Not appropriate' to cut Irish aid to Uganda over anti-gay laws
The Department of Foreign Affairs has argued that aid to the country is going to directly assist some of the poorest people in the world and that it’s a matter of educating people.
Uganda tabloid prints list of 200 'top' gay people
The Red Pepper tabloid published the list the day after a bill criminalising homosexuality was enacted.
"Others cannot dictate to us": Uganda signs controversial anti-gay bill into law
The news has been condemned by Amnesty International, which described it as a “step backwards”.
Tánaiste: Anti-gay laws will "affect our valued relationship" with Uganda
Meanwhile, Uganda’s government has defended its decision to push through the controversial laws.
Poll: Should Ireland give aid to countries that deny gay rights?
We’ve given generously to countries that have outlawed homosexuality. But should aid ever come with conditions attached?
Column: Living for love, dying because of hate – the rising tide of homophobia in Africa
Jean-Claude Roger Mbebe died an untimely death last week, after his family allegedly prevented him from receiving necessary medical treatment. He had been previously been convicted of “homosexuality and attempted homosexuality” and imprisoned.
Column: Uganda’s anti-gay law… what can you do?
The bloated Ugandan political class and their evangelical puppet masters respond to one thing only: money. If they see aid being withdrawn from their country, they might repeal this horrendous law, writes Paul O’Keeffe.
Uganda passes tough new bill against homosexuality
The anti-gay bill allows for life imprisonment for certain homosexual acts.
Irish Aid requires an external audit system to improve standards - PAC report
The Committee of Public Accounts says Irish Aid’s external audit needs help from more qualified auditors in order to improve standards.
Column: The way some people view African countries is inherently racist – as Kony 2012 shows
The Invisible Children campaign went viral worldwide last year – but it was deeply racist, politically motivated, and presented a Uganda that does not exist, writes Kevin McPartlan.
11 countries to sign DR Congo peace accord: UN
Eleven African countries have been invited to sign a UN-brokered accord aiming to end more than two decades of conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Chess giving hope to slum children
Self-confidence, discipline and higher ambitions for their future: some of the benefits being reaped by kids attending chess club in Kampala.
Bill Gates to meet with Taoiseach, Tánaiste and President tomorrow
The Microsoft founder and philanthropist is also reported to be meeting Bono on his visit to Ireland tomorrow.
Ugandan army says it killed top Kony bodyguard
The body guard to the notorious LRA leader had earned a grim reputation over the abduction of children.
Here's how Ireland distributed €159m among nine countries last year
The amount was 12 per cent less than the nearly €180 million given to countries including Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Timor Leste and Vietnam in 2011.
Uganda repays €4 million in Irish Aid funding that was misappropriated
The money has been handed back after it emerged last year that it had been misappropriated by officials in the Ugandan Prime Minister’s office.
DR Congo's M23 rebels arrive for peace talks
Rebels are meeting with the Congolese government in Uganda for peace talks – in a bid to end the long-running conflict that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
Labour TD calls Pope's gay marriage comments "deeply insulting"
John Lyons claims this is second time in a week that Vatican has “targeted the international LGBT community”.
Britain suspends aid to Rwanda over DR Congo rebel support
The UK is to withhold million in aid over concerns that Rwanda is supporting of rebels country, which is in the midst of an increasingly violent conflict.
'Collusion at senior levels' of Ugandan government agencies led to aid fraud - report
The misappropriation of €4 million Irish aid in Uganda was supported by a ‘sophisticated and elaborate’ scheme.
Congo: Violence continues, M23 rebels press forward after gains
A rebel group seeking to overthrow the Congolese government makes gains, and millions of civilians are displaced by the conflict.
Column: The ‘Kill The Gays’ law is shocking – but we mustn’t act rashly
Imposing Western will too forcefully will only put more lives in danger, writes GCN editor Brian Finnegan.
Irish Aid says misappropriation of funds will 'not happen again' - Crowe
The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Foreign Affairs said today’s assurance that the money will be fully returned to the Irish Government is to be welcomed.
Labour LGBT: Ugandan 'kill the gays' bill must be stopped
Fears have been raised over Uganda vowing to pass an extreme homophobic law that includes a provision prescribing the death penalty for gay people.
Uganda commits to repaying €4m in misappropriated Irish Aid funds
Two senior government officials are on remand facing prosecution, while 17 have been suspended without pay while investigations continue into the misappropriation.
Aaron McKenna: Should we turn off the tap of Irish aid to other countries?
So €4m in Irish aid may have been misappropriated in Uganda. Can we afford to keep giving – or can we afford to stop?
'Millions of lives' could be saved by new global subsidy for malaria drugs
The first independent evaluation of the international scheme shows promise.
Public Accounts Committee member wants probe into Irish overseas aid
Fine Gael TD Simon Harris has called for the powerful Dáil committee to investigate Irish overseas aid following the misappropriation of millions of euro sent to Uganda.
Ugandan prime minister: 'I didn't receive misappropriated Irish money'
Amama Mbabazi says while some Irish funds were “fraudulently paid to private accounts”, some was used for its intended aims.
Poll: Should Ireland distribute foreign aid while it is in a bailout?
With the government suspending aid to Uganda yesterday, we’re asking should Ireland be distributing foreign aid while still under the terms of a bailout?
Irish Aid: Tánaiste "absolutely disgusted" after alleged Uganda aid fraud
It is believed that around €4 million of Irish aid money may have been misappropriated by the Office of the Prime Minister of Uganda.
Ireland suspends aid to Uganda after report suggests €4m fraud
Eamon Gilmore has launched an immediate investigation amid suggestions the office of the Prime Minister misappropriated funds.
Reward: Marathon winner Kiprotich promised new house for parents
The 23-year-old was also presented with €65,000 and a promotion in his job as a prison warden. Not bad for just over two hours work.
Deadly Ebola outbreak 'under control' in Uganda, says MSF
Medical teams are hopeful that the threat has subsided as there have been no confirmed Ebola deaths in the past 12 days.