Stories written by Rosebell Kagumire
Rosebell Kagumire has been a multimedia journalist since 2003 with extensive experience using new media tools. She covers conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region.
Rosebell’s blog won the first African journalist blogging award from Panos Institute West Africa and Global Voices. Her blog—which covers Uganda politics, development issues in Africa, post-conflict concerns and women’s right—has been quoted by major international media outlets
Rosebell is an Internet Freedom Fellow with the U.S. Department of State and in early 2011 she completed a fellowship with the World Health Organisation reporting on the health workforce crisis. She has also worked with international media and campaign groups on several human rights issues in Uganda and the region. She holds a master’s degree in media, peace and conflict studies from the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Ester Abeja has experienced both physical and emotional atrocities. She was captured by Uganda's feared rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and was forced to join them. But not before the soldiers made her kill her one-year- old baby girl, by smashing her skull in, and then gang raped her.
The four-year old African Union Mission in Somalia is fighting a desperate defensive action in support of a transitional government that is "corrupt and inept", according to the International Crisis Group
John Garang, the revered late leader of the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement, once said that women are the "the poorest of the poor and the marginalised of the marginalised". As the reality of an independent South Sudan approaches, the region's women have vowed they will not remain second class citizens.
Uganda has lost more than two million hectares of forest since 1990, mostly converted to farmland by a growing population of smallholders. Carbon finance through the REDD programme is often presented as one way to arrest this destruction, but only if the benefits clearly translate to the grassroots.
The rapid growth of the ICT market in Uganda has been greeted with optimism over its potential to boost the country’s development. But less attention is being paid to the increase in gender based violence due to the use of information and communications technology.
Josephine Adongo's heart leapt when she heard that two doctors from Kampala were offering free medical exams in Soroti. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer at a regional hospital more than a year previously, but unable to afford to travel to the capital for treatment.
The Uganda office of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the country’s National Drug Authority are satisfied that the new version of the controversial Counterfeit Goods Bill does not threaten the importation and production of generic drugs by conflating them with fake drugs, as the first draft of the bill did. But health rights activists are not convinced.
Uganda’s National Drug Authority (NDA) says the failure rate among samples of medicines tested at their laboratories has fallen by 15 percent from the early 2000s. This serves as a possible indication of a drop in the availability of counterfeit medicines in the East African country.