Return Our Computers, Cameras Now!

Dear friends who believe in justice, Our cameras and computers were confiscated by the state of Uganda when we were arrested December 6, 2014 and charged with unlawful assembly, meaning state authorities weren’t happy about the alleged conversation we were having about peace! For the past year, we’ve had trouble keeping in touch with you all, […]

What Does It Mean to Reclaim MLK Day?

When I was in fourth grade, a teacher at our school placed a transparent picture on an overhead projector (remember those?) depicting a white man walking alongside Martin Luther King Jr., explaining that “the Civil Rights Movement started to make a big impact once white people joined them.” The take-away for the entire class of […]

Language, Medicinal Worldview, “Development,” and Public Health

In leb Lango, the word “yat” is used for both “tree” and “medicine.” What does that say about a human being’s orientation toward his or her environment?  Obviously, trees are thought to be important.  They are important for survival, not to mention their contributions to tasty meals, construction, sourcing charcoal, fighting climate change, and the like. There […]

Why Activists Struggle to Get Funding

Activists tend to be people who are committed to their cause regardless of the presence of resources.  Many spend years without salaries struggling for change.  Others pour their own money into their efforts.  So why are self-sacrificing, resilient, relentless individuals who are working so hard for their communities usually incredibly under-funded? There are several reasons […]

Home Economics: Everything is Important

These days I kind of laugh when expats or those abroad complain about a lack of local recycling facilities.  Almost every imaginable object here is recycled in a natural human process, be it a piece of fabric or a scrap of metal. Perhaps they see a seemingly overwhelming amount of rubbish on the roadside, but let me […]

Ugandan Youths Being Tortured at Central Police Station

The Jobless Brotherhood formed recently to protest peacefully against youth unemployment and advocate for a free democratic society in Uganda. Their first act was to stealthily release two yellow painted pigs into Parliament.  Yellow is the color of the NRM ruling party.  Pigs were the animal of choice due to their symbolizing the greed of […]

Living in State House is Backwardness

Recently, President Museveni declared that “living in villages in backwardness.” In a country where the vast majority of people, an estimated 30 million, reside in rural areas, it is very clear that Museveni is not making the statement as part of his campaign for the 2016 elections.  Why should he?  The Electoral Commission with its […]

Want to come visit Uganda without the full financial burden?

Suzan and I are seeking a babysitter for Nadia, perhaps somebody who also likes either computers or community development or agriculture…. Includes food and housing. We will chip in for your plane ticket. Must be willing to hang around at least 3 months.  (Local internships also available.) Contact us via phil[at]solidarityuganda[dot]com. Who could say no to this?

What makes theology “African theology?”

Is it any theology performed by any African? Is it theology derived from a distinct African religious tradition, such as traditional belief systems or Ethiopian Orthodoxy? Is it theology that is distinct from western forms of theology imported during eras of colonialism and Christian mission? Is it theology read into Africa, or Africa read into […]