July 27, 2012 |
Uganda is a forest of words. Its placards grow as tall as pine trees, perched at the pinnacle of poles, swinging from wires, hanging down in front of stores. I squint and shade my eyes (it's noon in Africa). I try to understand. Ugandan signs are bold along its roads, clear and bright as its sun. "Full Cream Milk Powder," says one. "Grow Faster, Grow Stronger. " "Drink Fresh Water," urges another. And then: "This Land is Not for Sale. " "Is that about pressures from the West?"
July 27, 2012
details GETTING THERE British Airways has a one-stop flight from Washington Dulles to Entebbe, Uganda, with mid-September fares currently starting at $1,434 round trip. U.S. citizens need a visa to enter Uganda. You can purchase a three-month tourist visa at Entebbe Airport on arrival for $50, payable in cash, or apply in advance through the Ugandan embassy ( www.ugandaembassy.com/visa. html ). You're also expected to carry a passport valid for six months beyond the date of entry and evidence of yellow fever vaccination,...
June 14, 2012 |
ENTEBBE, Uganda — U.S. surveillance operations in Africa are dependent on permission from countries willing to host bases for the spy planes. In exchange, those countries usually insist that the Americans share intelligence gleaned from the skies. Such arrangements have the potential to go awry, especially in Africa, where many countries have poor human rights records. U.S. officials said they take care to withhold intelligence that could enable their African partners to target political opponents instead of terrorist groups, but they...
April 29, 2012 |
OBO, Central African Republic — Six months after President Obama ordered 100 elite troops to help capture the messianic warlord Joseph Kony, U.S. military commanders said Sunday that they have been unable to pick up his trail but believe he is hiding in this country's dense jungle, relying on Stone Age tactics to dodge his pursuers' high-tech surveillance tools. Kony and his brutal militia, the Lord's Resistance Army , have slowed their pace of rapes, abductions and killings in recent months.
March 12, 2012 |
PADER DISTRICT, Uganda — Most mornings, Michael Odongkara takes his daughter Nancy Lamwaka outside and ties her ankle to a mango tree. It's not something he likes to do. But the disease that gives the 12-year-old violent seizures has so diminished her mental capacity that she no longer talks and often wanders off. Once, she was lost in the bush for three days. "It hurts me so much to tie my own daughter to a tree . . . but because I want to save her life, I...
March 9, 2012 |
Five days ago, the Internet was swept up in a fevered do-gooder frenzy, watching and forwarding an online video depicting the brutal actions of a Ugandan warlord and a nonprofit's sexy, graphic, cause-braceleted plan to capture him. Four days ago, celebrities and Twit-lebrities got involved, with everyone from Justin Bieber to Oprah Winfrey encouraging their multitudinous followers to support Invisible Children , the nonprofit behind "Kony 2012....