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March 18, 2012 | By Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press
KAMPALA, Uganda - Ugandan criticism of a viral video about a brutal central African warlord continued to grow since a public screening in a remote Ugandan town once terrorized by the Lord's Resistance Army. The head of a Ugandan charity that showed "Kony 2012" said Thursday that he would suspend further screenings after getting overwhelmingly negative reaction from viewers on Tuesday who did not understand why there were so many white faces in the video, or why Kony needed to be made famous.
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April 29, 2012 | By Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press
RIVER VOVODO, Central African Republic - For Ugandan soldiers tasked with catching Joseph Kony, the real threat is not the elusive Central Africa warlord and his brutal gang. Encounters with the Lord's Resistance Army rebels are so rare that Kony hunters worry more about the threats of the jungle: armed poachers, wild beasts, honey bees, and even a fly that torments their ears. A soldier crossing the Chinko river in the Central African Republic this month was drowned and mauled by a crocodile, spreading terror among hundreds of soldiers who must camp near streams because they need water to cook food.
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September 27, 1990 | By Anne Fahy, Special to The Inquirer
James stood left of center stage, in the last row of a choir of 24 Ugandan children harmonizing to "All Things Bright and Beautiful. " Rapt, the overflow crowd at the Church of the Saviour in Wayne listened as the African Children's Choir performed its last concert of a 15-month tour of the United States. James Ndyanabo, 13, was one of the oldest children in the choir. Like the others, orphans aged 5 to 13, his life until now had not been bright or beautiful. During the final years of President Idi Amin's reign in the East African country of Uganda, James saw his father hauled off by soldiers during a raid on his family's village.
NEWS
September 10, 2006 | By Carolyn Davis
Jennifer Anyayo has one more round to go. Then, if the planets are in alignment or God is watching - or if bad men just choose to stop fighting - Jennifer will go home to a land at peace. That would be a first for the 15-year-old victim of war. I met Jennifer two years ago in northern Uganda, where a civil war has roiled for 20 years. This conflict has its own gruesome twist: A guerrilla group called the Lord's Resistance Army, led by Joseph Kony, has fought the Ugandan government.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2011 | BY MOLLY EICHEL, eichelm@phillynews.com 215-854-5909
WHILE Melissa Fitzgerald was in northern Uganda filming her documentary "Staging Hope," a teenager came up to her and asked for one thing: "Don't let us die in these camps," the youth said. "Don't forget about us. " His appeal is repeated several times throughout "Staging Hope. " Through the documentary, Fitzgerald - who grew up in Chestnut Hill and graduated from Springside School and the University of Pennsylvania - hopes to inform the U.S. about the plight of northern Uganda and keep the conversation about humanitarian efforts alive.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1997 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
When he sings, the Ugandan vocalist and songwriter Samite is serenity itself. His voice can be a calming agent, a smooth and reassuring presence that flows like a brook over the bedrock African rhythms. When he talks, it's a different story. "I'm really sorry to be so excited," he said recently by telephone from his home in Ithica, N.Y., in crisp and perfect English. "It's just that I'm going for the first time in 15 years to Uganda, and whenever I talk about it, it brings up very strong emotions.
NEWS
February 21, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
KAMPALA, UGANDA - Advertisements pinned on the walls of shopping malls in Uganda's capital promise young women a free ticket to a well-paying job in Malaysia as a nanny, maid or bartender. Instead many are forced to become "sex slaves" to pay off travel fees and other costs, totaling as much as $7,000. The traffickers brainwash their victims into believing they may die if they quit. Authorities say that nearly all of the prostituted girls have college degrees but have failed to find jobs in Uganda, where unemployment is high.
NEWS
February 1, 1991 | By Eddie Olsen and Mike Franolich, Special to The Inquirer
Friends and associates yesterday remembered Lester J. DaCosta, 48, a lawyer from the Sicklerville section of Winslow Township, as "an uncommon maverick" who often championed cases for those who could not afford to pay him. Mr. DaCosta, a one-time lawyer to now-deposed Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, had a passionate sense of justice, particularly for members of minority groups and the underprivileged, they said. Mr. DaCosta fled to the United States in 1972 after his own assassination had been ordered in Uganda, according to acquaintances.
NEWS
March 17, 2012 | By Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press
KAMPALA, Uganda - Ugandan criticism of a viral video about a brutal central African warlord continued to grow since a public screening in a remote Ugandan town once terrorized by the Lord's Resistance Army. The head of a Ugandan charity that showed "Kony 2012" said Thursday he would suspend further screenings after getting overwhelmingly negative reaction from viewers on Tuesday who did not understand why there were so many white faces in the video, or why Kony needed to be made famous.
SPORTS
August 24, 2012 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN THE Ugandan Little League baseball team became the first squad from an African nation to win a game at the Little League World Series, the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins tweeted: "Congratulations to Uganda for their first ever LLWS victory! Their story is just beginning. " Rollins played a huge role in making the win possible. Flash back to the summer of 2011. The Ugandan team qualified for the Series and was supposed to play the Canadian team from Langley, British Columbia. But the Ugandans were denied entrance into the United States because of a lack of documentation.
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January 10, 2015 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Hear the joyful sounds of the Ugandan Kids Choir at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Please Touch Museum. The choir comprises 10 Ugandan children whose upbringing has been sponsored through Childcare Worldwide Ministries. The children present a lively program of traditional African song and dance. The critically acclaimed group has performed around the globe, including at Disneyland and the White House. Childcare Worldwide has been dedicated to empowering children in developing countries since 1981 by providing youth an education with the goal of reducing poverty.
NEWS
April 4, 2013
War-crimes hunt for Kony on hold NAIROBI, Kenya - The Ugandan military has suspended its hunt for war-crimes suspect Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army, delivering a major setback to capturing a warlord accused in the abductions of tens of thousands of children over the last three decades. Wednesday's announcement came days after rebels seized power in the Central African Republic, where Kony is said to be hiding, and then refused to cooperate with Ugandan troops stationed in the country.
NEWS
November 24, 2012 | By Pete Jones and Jerome Delay, Associated Press
SAKE, Congo - Congo's president has suspended the army's chief of staff following the publication of a U.N. report stating that Gen. Gabriel Amisi oversaw a criminal network selling arms to rebels in the country's troubled east. The action indicates that Congo may finally be getting tough on its notoriously dysfunctional and internally divided army. It comes as an eight-month-old rebel group, made up of soldiers who defected from the army, pushed beyond Goma, the regional capital of eastern Congo, which fell to the fighters this week.
NEWS
November 17, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
If nothing else, Thanksgiving should constantly remind us of how exceedingly blessed we are. But sometimes we forget. Simple comforts we take for granted - food, shelter, a flushing toilet, a winning football team (let us pray for next season), a family who loves us, a government that supports us - tend to drop off the radar, replaced by what we think we want and deserve. Well, have I got a talented, inspirational, and perfectly delightful reality check for you. I'm talking about the Watoto Choir, a children's choir based in Kampala, Uganda.
SPORTS
August 29, 2012 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
GOOGLE THE nation's name and this is what you get: "Uganda Little League" lands just ahead of "Uganda Genocide," a contrast that immediately reminds you that this story of 11 well-traveled Little Leaguers is too big to get your head around, and too beautiful too. But let's give it a shot anyway. Lugazi, the Ugandan Little League team that won enough games and handed in enough forms this summer to make it to Williamsport, was at Citizens Bank Park Tuesday night, the guests of Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
SPORTS
August 29, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer
ON TUESDAY, Jimmy Rollins will welcome several special guests to Citizens Bank Park. The Uganda Little League baseball team, fresh off its first appearance in the Little League World Series, will take in its first major league baseball game. Rollins went to the African country this winter as a baseball instructor and goodwill ambassador. After the Uganda team was denied entrance to the United States for the Little League World Series last summer, Rollins hooked up with filmmaker Jay Shapiro and helped make the team's baseball dreams come true this month.
SPORTS
August 24, 2012 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN THE Ugandan Little League baseball team became the first squad from an African nation to win a game at the Little League World Series, the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins tweeted: "Congratulations to Uganda for their first ever LLWS victory! Their story is just beginning. " Rollins played a huge role in making the win possible. Flash back to the summer of 2011. The Ugandan team qualified for the Series and was supposed to play the Canadian team from Langley, British Columbia. But the Ugandans were denied entrance into the United States because of a lack of documentation.
SPORTS
August 22, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THE FIRST TEAM from Africa in the Little League World Series will go home with one win. "This was so great," Lugazi manager Henry Odong said after the 3-2 victory over Gresham, Ore., in a consolation game Tuesday. Players Justine Makisimu, Ronald Olaa, Daniel Alio and Felix Enzama all said they thought they could win going into the game. After watching Taiwan play, Odong said he impressed on the team just to make contact because "one of the biggest challenges we had was hitting.
NEWS
April 29, 2012 | By Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press
RIVER VOVODO, Central African Republic - For Ugandan soldiers tasked with catching Joseph Kony, the real threat is not the elusive Central Africa warlord and his brutal gang. Encounters with the Lord's Resistance Army rebels are so rare that Kony hunters worry more about the threats of the jungle: armed poachers, wild beasts, honey bees, and even a fly that torments their ears. A soldier crossing the Chinko river in the Central African Republic this month was drowned and mauled by a crocodile, spreading terror among hundreds of soldiers who must camp near streams because they need water to cook food.
NEWS
March 18, 2012 | By Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press
KAMPALA, Uganda - Ugandan criticism of a viral video about a brutal central African warlord continued to grow since a public screening in a remote Ugandan town once terrorized by the Lord's Resistance Army. The head of a Ugandan charity that showed "Kony 2012" said Thursday that he would suspend further screenings after getting overwhelmingly negative reaction from viewers on Tuesday who did not understand why there were so many white faces in the video, or why Kony needed to be made famous.
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