Uganda is a landlocked country located in east Africa at the northern shore of Lake Victoria. It has five neighbouring countries. Uganda borders Kenya to the east, Southern Sudan to the north, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west and Rwanda and Tanzania to the south. The official languages are English and Swahili. There are also over 50 tribal languages, with Luganda being the most spoken of them.
In 1962, Uganda gained independence from the British Commonwealth. This was followed by 20 years of dictatorship under Idi Amin and Milton Obote in the period from 1966 to 1986. Grave violation of human rights and civil war-like conditions were very common. Development was slowed down, and Uganda is still fighting with the discredit from these past times.
Yoweri Museveni reigns the country since 1986. He established a democratic structure and thus stabilised the politics in Uganda. However, the electoral system and government are not uncriticised, resulting in smaller demonstrations which often get violently disrupted by the police. The overall security situation in Uganda is rather good.
Uganda fills up one of the bottom ranks of the GDP per capita and Human Development Index. But is a rich country nonetheless, having a fascinating nature and biodiversity. Winston Churchill called it once ‘The pearl of Africa’. Tourism is slowly starting to pick up, but infrastructure is still lacking behind in comparison to Kenia and Tanzania.
Down below we present some images members of our project group took nearby the project location, when they had a few days off and went to one of Uganda’s many national parks or had coincidental encounters on the roads.