15 Oct | Diana Peel | No Comments

The Aboke Girls

The Aboke girls are the 139 secondary school students who were abducted from the dormitories of St Mary’s College in Aboke, Uganda on the night of 10th October 1996 by the Lord’s Resistance Army. The abductions brought the LRA’s abuses of children to the attention of the world. The Pope, Nelson Mandela and Oprah Winfrey …

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30 Jul | Diana Peel | No Comments

Uganda’s Jewish Community

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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21 May | Diana Peel | No Comments

Uganda’s Muslim Martyrs

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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30 Apr | Diana Peel | No Comments

The Origins of Tooro

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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3 Apr | Diana Peel | No Comments

Christianity Comes to Uganda

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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5 Aug | Diana Peel | 2 Comments

Idi Amin’s Expulsion of Asians

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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4 Jul | Diana Peel | No Comments

The International Criminal Court

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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20 Jun | Diana Peel | No Comments

Remembering the Obalanga Massacre

  The massacre at Obalanga on 15th June 2003 marked the beginning of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) invasion into the Teso sub region of Uganda. The rebels attacked the trading centre, where they killed 300 people and forced the rest of the civilian population to flee. The Teso sub-region is in Eastern Uganda, and …

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13 Jun | Diana Peel | No Comments

Martyrs’ Day in Uganda

On 3rd June, Uganda celebrates Martyrs’ Day. It is a public holidays, which commemorates the 22 Catholics and 23 Protestants who were killed for refusing to renounce their faith between 1885 and 1887. 3rd June is significant because it is the date in 1886 where the largest mass execution took place, at Namugongo, where 26 …

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About Changing Horizons

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

Our tours take you to places that are identified with past events and experiences, such as sites of great discovery, like the source of the Nile, or sites of great sacrifice, like the shrine of the Christian martyrs.

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