September 24, 2016 |
TORONTO - Three weeks before Queen of Katwe co-star Lupita Nyong'o began shooting in the Ugandan slum of the film's title, she visited with the woman she plays, Harriet Mutesi, in the house that her chess-wizard daughter, Phiona, built for her. "I sat with her on the floor and talked to her and observed her," Nyong'o said earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival. "She's very grounded. She reminds me of a baobab tree that grows in very arid places, but is full," Nyong'o said.
January 10, 2015 |
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.
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.
November 24, 2012 |
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.
November 17, 2012 |
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.
August 29, 2012 |
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.
August 29, 2012 |
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.
August 24, 2012 |
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.
August 22, 2012 |
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.
April 29, 2012 |
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.