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The University of Cambridge returns 39 traditional artifacts to Uganda in a major act of restitution

Jun. 12, 2024 14:45 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The University of Cambridge has repatriated more than three dozen traditional artifacts to Uganda in a major act of restitution welcomed by the local officials who sought them. Some of the objects were shown exclusively to AP journalists on Wednesday. The...

A growing community of breast milk donors in Uganda gives mothers hope

Jun. 02, 2024 08:09 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Early last year, Caroline Ikendi was in distress after undergoing an emergency Caesarean section to remove a stillborn baby and save two others. Doctors said one of the preterm babies had a 2% chance of living. If the babies didn’t get breast milk — which...

US sanctions Uganda's parliament speaker, her husband and others over corruption and rights abuses

May. 30, 2024 12:51 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on Uganda's parliamentary speaker, her husband and several other officials over corruption and serious abuses of human rights. Parliament Speaker Anita Among was sanctioned “due to involvement in significant...

Uganda tackles yellow fever with new travel requirement, vaccination campaign for millions

May. 28, 2024 01:07 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda has rolled out a nationwide yellow fever vaccination campaign to help safeguard its population against the mosquito-borne disease that has long posed a threat. By the end of April, Ugandan authorities had vaccinated 12.2 million of the 14 million...

A rural Ugandan community is a hot spot for sickle cell disease. But one patient gives hope

May. 12, 2024 02:08 AM EDT

MBALE, Uganda (AP) — Barbara Nabulo was one of three girls in her family. But when a sister died, her mother wailed at the funeral that she was left with just one and a half daughters. The half was the ailing Nabulo, who at age 12 grasped her mother’s meaning. "I...

Kenya’s military chief dies in a helicopter crash

Apr. 18, 2024 14:17 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s military chief Gen. Francis Ogolla died in a helicopter crash west of the country, President William Ruto announced Thursday and declared three days of national mourning. The helicopter was carrying 11 people, including Gen. Ogolla, when it crashed...

Islamic State-linked attackers kill at least 11 people and torch vehicles in eastern Congo

Apr. 15, 2024 07:04 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Extremist-linked rebels attacked villages in eastern Congo over the weekend, killing at least 11 people, torching vehicles and taking possessions, a local official said. The attacks occurred Saturday and were reported by the local mayor on Sunday. Allied...

Young Ugandans tangle in the mud. They dream of becoming professional wrestlers

Apr. 14, 2024 02:15 AM EDT

MUKONO, Uganda (AP) — In a forested area outside Uganda's capital, a few dozen youth gather around a makeshift ring to watch two amateur wrestlers tangle in the mud. The training sessions, complete with an announcer and referee, imitate the pro wrestling contests the teens...

Gay rights activists call for more international pressure on Uganda over anti-gay law

Apr. 04, 2024 16:14 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan gay rights activists asked the international community to mount more pressure on the government of Uganda to repeal an anti-gay law which the country's Constitutional Court refused to nullify on Wednesday. Activist Frank Mugisha said Tuesday’s...

Ugandan court upholds anti-gay law that allows the death penalty in some cases

Apr. 03, 2024 23:43 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's Constitutional Court on Wednesday upheld an anti-gay law that allows the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality" despite widespread condemnation from rights groups and others abroad. President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law in May...