Power Struggles in a Powerless City March 6th 2006 If Kampala was in the United States, it would come with a Surgeon General’s Warning. Between the exhaust-clouded streets of downtown and the death-defying motorcycle taxis (“boda-bodas”) that weave through it, residing in the city may be hazardous to your health.
But like most things that come with such warnings, Kampala can be addictive. Coffee shops with character; friendly, English-sp ... read more
Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala Uganda achieved independence from the UK in 1962. The dictatorial regime of Idi AMIN (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 opponents; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton OBOTE (1980-85) claimed at least another 100,0... ... read more
Just when it felt like everyone was getting married and buying a house, we quit our jobs, bought one-way tickets to Africa, and squeezed our lives into the smallest packs known to any Army surplus store. Friends and family offer predictions from "the best time of your lives" to "the beginning of your rapid descent into poverty." Lucky for us, they're not mutually exclusive.
And so, armed only with humility, humor, and a big can of DEET, we're off to the land of goatmilk and honeywine. We hope to meet some friendly faces, learn about the *other* Africa beyond the headlines, and fumble our wa... full info