October 20, 2005
On Saturday evening, Philadelphia will be among 44 cities around the world taking part in International GuluWalk Day. Participants will simulate a "night commute. " They will walk and stay overnight at a local church to raise awareness of children caught in war in northern Uganda. Gulu is a town in northern Uganda. In the last 19 years, 30,000 children have been kidnapped and forced to become soldiers and sex slaves. Thousands more, called "night commuters," make a nightly trek from their rural homes to sleep in the relative safety of cities.
July 14, 2010 |
The leader of a team of Pennsylvania missionaries who were injured in Sunday's terror bombings in Uganda has written a firsthand account of the episode. "I remember a bright flash and everything went grey and it felt like rain," Lori Ssebulime, of Selinsgrove, Pa., wrote from Kampala, replying on her blog to questions from The Inquirer. "...I heard screaming from every direction. " Ssebulime is still in Africa, monitoring the medical care of five team members who were wounded by one of two blasts that shook Kampala on Sunday, killing 74 people.
March 25, 1998 |
At 14, Jacob Sekiziyivu is in his fourth year of school. He has learned to read and speak English in a classroom with no electricity and no desks, where one teacher instructs 79 students squeezed tightly on wooden benches. The youth considers himself very lucky indeed. In a country where 89 percent of the adults cannot read, on a continent where only half the children go to school, even the most spartan of educations can be considered a luxury. It's one Uganda's president, Yoweri Museveni, is striving to make commonplace.
July 13, 2010 |
SELINSGROVE, Pa. - When nine of their colleagues flew home last week, five missionaries from this north-central Pennsylvania community stayed in Uganda to work at an urgent task. They hoped to finish a wall protecting their sister congregation's church and school in Kampala - in particular, one missionary said, to shield children from a scourge that haunts Uganda: ritual child sacrifice. "We've got time. We'll just stay. " That was how Gerald Wolgemuth, director of communications for the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church, described the volunteers' reasoning.
December 6, 2012 |
BUNAGANA, Congo - Congo's M23 rebels are sending a delegation to Kampala, Uganda, to negotiate with the Congolese government Thursday, the rebels' president said. "Our delegation will drive to Kampala for talks," M23 president Jean-Marie Runiga told the Associated Press. Runiga said talks with representatives of President Joseph Kabila's Kinshasa government must be wide-ranging negotiations to cover constitutional and governance issues and should include the Congolese opposition and civic organizations.
August 19, 2012 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Win or lose, the Little League World Series team from Uganda has become a hometown favorite. The first team from Africa to advance to South Williamsport in the 66-year history of the tourney did fall in its debut Friday. Panama defeated the boys from Lugazi, 9-3. Uganda's coaches said they didn't expect any parents of the players to make the expensive transatlantic trip to Pennsylvania. But Uganda has still drawn vocal fans who cheered wildly, especially after Daniel Alio's towering home run to center in the sixth.
October 10, 1987 |
The signpost for Busiro is a neat stack of bleached human skulls and skeletons. This is all that remains of peasants who failed to flee Busiro when the soldiers of Milton Obote came to pillage and murder. Those who did manage to escape have returned now to find their neighbors' bones and not much else. In Busiro, and all across the fertile farmland known as the Luwero Triangle, survivors have returned to confront the realities of Uganda's long descent into savagery. Former President Obote and his soldiers ravaged the area from 1980 through 1985.
July 12, 2010 |
Six of 15 missionaries from Selinsgrove who went to Uganda June 16 to help build a wall around a church and school were due to return home July 7 but stayed to complete the work, a church spokesman said today. The six had reasoned that "we've got time. We'll just stay," according to Gerald Wolgemuth, director of communications for the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. While nine members of the team arrived home July 7 in Pennsylvania, the others' decision proved fateful: They were at a garden restaurant Sunday in Kampala watching the final match of the World Cup when terrorists set off a bomb beneath a table.
July 15, 2010 |
The leader of a team of Pennsylvania missionaries who were injured in Sunday's terror bombings in Uganda has written a firsthand account of the episode. "I remember a bright flash, and everything went gray and it felt like rain," Lori Ssebulime of Selinsgrove wrote from Kampala, replying on her blog to questions from The Inquirer. "I heard screaming from every direction. " Ssebulime was still in Africa on Wednesday, monitoring the medical care of the five team members wounded by one of two blasts that killed 76 people.
June 16, 2014 |
Jodi Sabra began her career as an actress. The training has served her well as a sixth-grade social studies and language-arts teacher at Radnor Middle School in Wayne. She views teaching as a performance art, and her style of teaching is infused with her congenital optimism. In 2009, a college friend who runs a service travel program asked Sabra whether she'd like to involve her students in a pen-pal program with students at a school in Uganda. "I say yes to everything," Sabra says, and soon her students were writing letters to the Bupala Primary School in the remote Iganga district of Uganda.