Uganda as a country has very rich and distressful history and for us as visitors it is sometimes difficult and very challenging to understand these people and their culture. The fact is, if you want to get at least little closer, you must know wider context of the history and you should not take the picture presented in media as the only view perspective.
One Ugandan girl married in the Czech Republic told me: “You know what? My country is poor and dirty, but my country is fun!”
And this is exactly the impression you will get once you visit the country. You can hear people laughing, music playing, children shouting and sun shining!
HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THIS INTERESTING COUNTRY:
The name “Uganda” comes from the largest kingdom called Buganda kingdom of Baganda tribes and Luganda language.
Uganda used to be a British colony, so it is left driving country.
Sir Winston Churchill called Uganda “the Pearl of Africa”. He visited the country when it was under the British rule.
Uganda is under the rule of one and the same president since 1986. His name is Yoweri Museveni.
HIV/AIDS is a major threat to the population of the Ugandans. They call it “our disease”.
ALMOST HALF OF THE COUNTRY’S POPULATION IS UNDER THE AGE OF 14, WHICH MAKES IT ONE OF THE YOUNGEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD.
In 2007, a Ugandan newspaper, the Red Pepper, published a list of gay men, many of whom suffered harassment as a result. On 9 October 2010, the Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone published a front-page article titled “100 Pictures of Uganda’s Top Homos Leak” that listed the names, addresses, and photographs of 100 homosexuals alongside a yellow banner that read “Hang Them”. This publication attracted international attention and criticism from human rights organizations.
Uganda also has one of the world’s highest fertility rate at 5.8 children per woman.
THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN LIVING IN ORPHANAGES IN UGANDA IS TO BE ABOUT 2.7 MILLION.
Secondary school education is not available to almost 85% of the children.
According to UNESCO Uganda has an adult literacy rate of 70.2%. While the male literacy rate is 79.12%, for females is 61.97%, showing a big gap between the sexes.
Uganda is one of the world’s poorest and least-developed countries.
According to World Bank, in 2015, Uganda had 84% of its population living in the rural areas. People in rural areas depend on farming as the main source of income and 90 per cent of all rural women work in the agricultural sector. As such, women on average work longer hours than men, between 12 and 18 hours per day.
IN FACT, UGANDA IS AMONG THE TOP TEN COFFEE PRODUCING COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD.
A scandal with significant international consequences highlighted corruption in high-level government offices. Approximately $12.6 million of donor funds from the Office of the Prime Minister in 2012. These funds were meant to support rebuilding northern Uganda, ravaged by a 20-year war, and Karamoja, Uganda’s poorest region.”
The world famous River Nile originates in Uganda. It is also known as the father of African rivers. The river passes through 11 countries and is approximately 6,853 kilometers long.
did you know, that Uganda hosts more refugees than any other country in Africa?