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Uganda’s Jewish Community

Diana Peel

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At the foothill of Mount Elgon resides the Abayudaya, Uganda’s Jewish community, who have existed for 99 years. They number approximately 2,000, and are led by the Member of Parliament for Bungokho North, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu – the first native born black rabbi in Sub-Saharan Africa. The community is largely based at Nabugoye hill, just ...

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Uganda’s Muslim Martyrs

Diana Peel

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When one thinks of martyrs and Namugongo, you would be forgiven for thinking soley of the Christian martyrs, burnt to death for their faith in 1886, on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga. But the Christians were not the first people to die for their faith at Namugongo (although they would be the last). Ten years ...

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The Origins of Tooro

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The kingdom of Tooro is in western Uganda, and is one of the five traditional kingdoms. Its seat is in Fort Portal, where the royal palace is built, and where the last three kings are buried. Toro was part of the Bunyoro Kitara empire until 1826, when the heir to the Bunyoro throne broke away ...

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A brief history of the North

Diana Peel

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When you think of attacks in northern Uganda, the Lord’s Resistance Army and their bitter three decade war comes to mind. However, the LRA are far from the first to wage war in the north. The Arab slave traders ventured into this part of the world in the 18th and 19th century, capturing men women ...

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How Jinja Became a Town

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Jinja is famous as the start of the Nile’s 4000 km journey to the Mediterranean. It is the second largest urban area (with Njeru) after Kampala, and is the third most visited town in Uganda (after Kampala and Entebbe). But Jinja has not always been so prominent nor popular. When the source of the Nile ...

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Christianity Comes to Uganda

Diana Peel

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Christianity is now the dominant religion in Uganda, with around 85% of the population adhering to the faith. But Christianity is a rather recent import. The different tribes in what is now Uganda worshipped various pagan deities and ancestral spirits. They were not exposed to monotheistic religions until the Arabs traders came, followed a few ...

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Makerere and Amin

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  Makerere University in Kampala was once known as the Oxford of East Africa. It was established in 1922 as a technical college by the colonial authorities. The Governor of the Protectorate of Uganda, Philip Mitchell spearheaded Makerere’s expansion to become a centre for higher education, and the college began to offer certificate course by ...

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Princess Clara Nalumansi

Diana Peel

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On women’s day, let’s celebrate women around the world, and remember a remarkable Muganda princess who died for daring to defy traditional gender roles, Princess Clara Nalumansi. She was the sister to Kabaka (King) Mwanga, who ruled Buganda kingdom from 1884 to 1897. Traditionally, royal women were expected to serve the king. They were not ...

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Idi Amin’s Expulsion of Asians

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On 4th August 1972, the President of Uganda, Idi Amin, announced that Asians in Uganda had ninety days to leave the country. Amin stated that God had ordered him to do this in a dream. The expulsion order forced 50,000 Asians to leave Uganda; 20,000 of those were Ugandan passport holders. The rest were British ...

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The International Criminal Court

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On 1st July 2002, the first permanent court designed to try perpetrators of the most serious international crimes – namely, genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression. these crimes are considered so heinous that humanity as a whole is a victim, and they tend not to be punishable under domestic criminal ...

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Changing Horizons is a tour company which specialises in travel to sites of historical interest in East Africa.

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