Uganda’s law making process is a reflection of the country’s leadership crisis

Guest post by Silver Kayondo “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” These were the words spoken by the African-American reformer, Frederick Douglass […]

Solidarity Uganda receives bonus grant for land reserve

Our friends and funders at The Pollination Project thought we were doing a good job with the money they gave us, so they selected us from hundreds of grantees to be featured on their top 10 impact stories of 2013. We are thrilled to be featured alongside this community of effective global changemakers! This acknowledgment […]

Thanks for reposting a Mandela quote. Are you ready to die?

The world responded immediately to Nelson Mandela (Madiba)’s death: with Facebook posts. Twitter and other social media websites were blown up with pictures and quotes of one of Africa’s most notable contemporary elders. Days later, the status updates have not ceased. One would think that the people of the world are ready for revolutionary systemic […]

A small piece of the threatened land

“oil fields in our land”: A Testimony of Acaa Magrate Loum

“My name is Acaa Magrate Loum. I’m now 38 years old. Born from Lakang and got married to Loum who is now 40 years old from Lakang in 1992 when i was only 17 years old. At that time, we lived in Lakang without any problem of land dispute. We lived knowing that the land […]

Coloreds and Collareds: The Origins of Hate

About half a century ago, there was this race-based struggle going on within my country, in which blacks wanted to simply claim they were human beings like the rest of the world. At the present day, many of us look back on the phenomenon of separate drinking fountains and bathrooms as laughable. How could we […]

Making Babies: The Motive for Peace

At the recent burial of one of the Lango tribe’s great mothers, thousands of attendees were graced with the presence of the Won Nyaci (head chief). Burials, and virtually all other functions and events in Uganda, are filled with lengthy speeches from notable community figures such as this old man. The speech was concluded with […]

The Real Reasons I don’t Give Ugandans Money

“There was a lecturer I had from England who once told me, ‘You are very different, Felix. You never ask me for money’,” the Reverend explained as he rode us on the back of his motorbike on our way to check on my land in Kole District. “It’s very bad when people ask visitors for […]