Africa / Health / International News

AIDS pageant in Uganda seeks to stem stigma, discrimination

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — When she was younger, Tryphena Natukunda’s mother discouraged her from swallowing her antiretroviral medicines among strangers or even distant relatives. Because the girl had AIDS, which can fuel stigmatization and invite harsh judgment, the mother wanted her daughter’s condition kept a secret within the family. Yet as she grew older, Natukunda, … Continue reading

AIDS pageant in Uganda seeks to stem stigma, discrimination
Africa

AIDS pageant in Uganda seeks to stem stigma, discrimination

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — When she was younger, Tryphena Natukunda’s mother discouraged her from swallowing her antiretroviral medicines among strangers or even distant relatives. Because the girl had AIDS, which can fuel stigmatization and invite harsh judgment, the mother wanted her daughter’s condition kept a secret within the family. Yet as she grew older, Natukunda, … Continue reading

Uganda to stop security cooperation with North Korea
Asia

Uganda to stop security cooperation with North Korea

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda is cutting military ties with North Korea to comply with U.N. sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear program, a Ugandan official said Monday May 30th, following a meeting between President Yoweri Museveni and South Korea’s visiting president. Uganda’s government is simply “disengaging from military co-operation” and not cutting diplomatic ties with … Continue reading

Ugandan gays hope the pope will speak out on their behalf
Africa / International News

Ugandan gays hope the pope will speak out on their behalf

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Gay activists are hoping Pope Francis will preach tolerance toward homosexuals, and even go so far as to condemn violent attacks against gays during his upcoming visit to Uganda. Church leaders, however, are praying he’ll avoid the issue altogether. The divergent expectations underscore the acrimonious state of the gay rights debate … Continue reading

Group: Desperate situation for many South Sudan civilians
Middle East

Group: Desperate situation for many South Sudan civilians

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Despite a peace agreement, violence against civilians is continuing with killings, rapes and abductions, a consortium of more than 300 civic and aid groups in South Sudan said Thursday. The humanitarian situation is deteriorating amid persistent fighting, with aid groups having trouble getting to hard-hit communities, South Sudan’s NGO Forum said … Continue reading

Amnesty: South Sudan government troops are burning villages
Middle East

Amnesty: South Sudan government troops are burning villages

  KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan government troops are setting villages on fire and abusing civilians in an ongoing military assault on rebels loyal to the country’s former vice president, Amnesty International reported Thursday, the latest allegations of serious rights abuses since the resumption of heavy fighting last month. Citing witness accounts in Unity … Continue reading