Two Solidarity Uganda Co-Founders Recognized at Torch of Global Enlightenment

The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg (WACH), an organization focused on global diversity, interfaith cooperation, and peacemaking hosted the 2nd Annual Torch of Global Enlightenment Awards to honor organizations and individuals who have demonstrated the values to which WACH ascribes. On the list of individual nominees were Suzan and Phil Wilmot, two of Solidarity Uganda’s […]

I am selling (giving away) all these books:

The time has come to rid myself of books.  All profits will support Solidarity Uganda.  Must at least be able to pick them up (in Hanover or Harrisburg, PA) or pay for shipping.  Make all offers to phil [at] solidarityuganda [dot] com or call/text 717 six-zero-eight 2960.  Books listed in italics are those which you should consider […]

The Importance of Anger

Development workers and mediators, amongst others, tend to want to cool down the flames, to lighten the mood, to diffuse loudness and verbal aggression, to “resolve conflict” and “restore beauty.”  Yet without conflict, tension, and anger, we make very little progress, except for a short time at the surface.  Anger is authentic when experienced as […]

How a Documentary Film Will Protect Land in Uganda

Solidarity Uganda recently announced its documentary film project “Our Feet Are Rooted,” a film which will highlight Amuru residents’ nonviolent resistance to the theft of their land by oil and sugar corporations.  The film will chronicle the history of the land conflict through the eyes of local communities and residents and will be produced using […]

Why “Empowerment” is not really better than “Charity”

“Give a man a fish to feed him for the day” is bad advice, but not for the reasons we like to believe. In the world of nonprofit development initiatives, especially in the international scene, charity has been slammed into the ground in recent years.  Critics of child sponsorship programs, food distribution projects, and all […]

Corruption Culture: Strategies for Uganda and the United States

Corruption in Uganda has permeated every rung of the socio-economic ladder.  Everybody complains about its aggravating presence in the top political offices.  We groan when the Office of the Prime Minister spends funds designated for infrastructural improvements on a personal bulletproof Mercedes Benz.  We feel as though our rights are violated when monies are shifted […]

Tips for Being a Faithful Clergyman from a Peruvian Priest

Some pointers from Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez (paraphrased from A Theology of Liberation): 1) Your duty is to denounce social sin – the systems that oppress and alienate people. 2) Don’t make general statements. Take positions on specific events. 3) Practice kenotic love. Being a true human being requires denying yourself some luxuries as a demonstration […]

Inside Uganda’s Notorious Prisons: Visiting Karamagi

By Silver Kayondo, board member of Solidarity Uganda How Uganda’s jail rooms have become a menace to the country’s youth, how “orders from above” has become a blanket euphemism for abuse of statutory authority and what can be done about it. On Sunday, 2nd February, 2014 at exactly midday, I set off to visit a […]

“We Shall Use Force”: Besigye is Both Wrong and Right

It seems Kizza Besigye, prominent opposition figure in Uganda, has just suggested the possibility of using violent means to free Ugandans from a dictator holding the country at ransom. One must be understanding of the emotions driving such a suggestion.  In a day’s time, Gen. Museveni will have been a military dictator for 28 consecutive […]