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This information has been gathered from a multitude of sources. Each additional piece of information helps paint a little more of the picture of life, history, and culture in Uganda. In some instances I have simply listed the URL to the site where information is found.

Every effort has been made to properly attribute the source of this information. If you find anything that is not properly attributed, please email me and I will correct the notation.

Follow this link to info about Kabarole District (the Fort Portal Area)From this site you can navigate to information on all the districts in Uganda

The electric power in Uganda is 220v, 50 cycle. This will not mean much to most of you but for those who need this information, they will understand. You can purchase all kinds of electric equipment in the US that will work in Uganda from East West International. Most of Uganda experiences a rolling blackout so power is always an issue.

African Christian Historical Overview

Christianity's first presence on the continent of Africa is recorded in Matthew 2:13-19. Following the visit of the Magi and an angel's warning to Joseph in a dream, Mary & Joseph fled with Jesus to Egypt in Africa to protect him from the wrath of Herod. From the time of the earthly ministry of Christ, believers have been in Africa. And Philip saw an Ethiopian come to faith in Christ in Acts 8:27ff.

There are four basic periods of church history in Africa.

  • The first is that of the early church fathers
  • The second period is the spread of the gospel into Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The third period is the establishment of African Leadership
  • The fourth period is known as the African Pentecost

There are many stories about faithful believers in Africa that can be found on the site of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

Basic Uganda Facts

General State of Development

In 1965 Uganda and South Korea were at about the same point on the developing nation scale, yet today South Korea is a strong, industrial nation, while Uganda is impoverished. The reason for this discrepancy rests clearly with poor post colonization leadership, the tyrant Idi Amin from 71 - 79, and a subsequent civil war. It is only since 1986 that Uganda has had opportunity to move forward again but by then, it had almost been driving back to the 1800s

Population:
23,000,000
Life expectancy
42 years (1 in 12 Ugandans is an orphan)
Income
44% make less than 60,000 shillings ($34.00) per month
Geography:
Landlocked nation of 91,000 square miles (about the size of lower Michigan)
Neighbors:
North - Sudan
East - Kenya
South - Tanzania, Rwanda
West - Congo
Language:
English is the official language with a significant number of native Swahili dialects spoken
Religion:
Protestants 33%, Roman Catholic 33%, Indigenous 19%, Muslim 15%
Additional information can be found at:
U.S. State Department Notes on Uganda
For some reason that I do not understand, I am not able to provide a link to the CIA Factbook on Uganda on this page. I therefore encourage you to use your favorite Internet Search Engine and locate CIA WORLD FACTBOOK and in the pulldown menu, select Uganda.

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The following informaiton compiled (2005) by Abraham Mulindwa, Administration Department, New Hope Uganda.

  • Total population of Uganda is 26.8 million
    Distribution by Region
    Central 27% or 7.1 million
    Western 26% or 6.8 million
    Eastern 25% or 6.7 million
    Northern 22% or 6.1 million
    Distribution by Religious Faith
    Catholics 41.9%
    Church of Uganda 35.9%
    Moslems 12.1%
    Pentecostals 4.6%
    Population by Age
    Children, less than 18 years of age = 15.0 million
    Youths, age 18 - 30 = 6.0 million
    Adults, age 30 - 60 = 4.6 million
    Elderly, 60 years of age and above 1.2 = million
    Gender
    Overall, there are 95 males per 100 females
  • The biggest tribe is the Baganda, who make up 17.3% of the population, followed by Banyankole with 9.8%, Basoga 8.6% and Bakiga 7.0%. The smallest tribe is the Vonoma with only 128 people by the time of the census, 60 males and 48 females. Other tribes with less than 10,000 people were Mvuba with 870, Mening 2,227, Bahehe 3,403 and Batwa 6,738. The biggest eight tribes make up 70% of the population, while the remaining over 40 tribes constitute 30%.

  • Census highlights
    - 97% of households use firewood
    - 92% do not have electricity
    - 48% of households have a radio
    - 49% rely on word of mouth as main source of information
    - 17% have no access to toilet facilities
    - 56% are children below 18 years
    - 12% live in urban areas
    - Gender ratio is 95 males to 100 females
    - Average household size is 4.7 persons
    - One in every 25 persons has a disability
    - Literacy rate 68%
    - 61% have access to safe drinking water
    - 77% engage in agriculture
    - 1.8 million orphans have lost at least one parent
    - 75% use kerosene candles (tadooba) as main source of light
    - 4.5% have a TV set
    - 77.4% still live on rammed earth floors though a majority have iron roofs

Magazine Articles - - - Some Good, Some Weak, Some Purely Secular, Some Really Dated

World Magazine

"Life in a war zone" by Mendy Belz, January 23, 1999, pages 22-23. This article chronicles a years worth of missionary emails from the Bundibugyo district of Uganda. There were sent by my good friend Rick Gray and tell of the plight of people under siege of a vicious enemy and the protection of a sovereign God.

Christianity Today

The War Against HIV, April 4,1994, is the cover story and is found on pages 70-73. Photogrpahs are included. This edition of Christianity Today is not on their archive site.

Deliver Us from Koney, January , 2006, is the cover story and is found on pages 30 - 37. Photographs are included. View article at Christianity Today archive site.

Experiencing Life at the Margins, July 2006, and interview with the Rt. Rev. David Zac Niringiye, Assistant Bishop of Kampala. Found on pages 32 - 35. View article at Christianity Today archive site.The cover story and a major part of this issue is on Uganda's neighbor, Congo, Hope in the Heart of Darkness. View article at Christianity Today archive site.

A Hint of Peace, War-torn church ponders amnesty for rebel leader. James Jewell in Gulu, Uganda, October, 2006. View article at Christianity Today archive site.

Baptist Press
Ugandan first lady honored for support of abstinence promotion
By: Shawn Hendricks, Posted June 23, 2004. (Original article can be found here) If the original article cannot be found ont he Baptist Press site, a copy can be found at Uganda Mission Saved Articles.

Reader's Digest

"The Rise and Fall of Idi Amin" by David Lamb, January 1980, pages 109-113.

"Ryan's Well" by Kathy Cook, June 2001, pages 144a-144d. The story of a young Canadian boy who was shocked to hear the teacher in his first-grade teacher in a Roman Catholic School talk about poverty, disease, and lack of water in Africa. This young man began a project and raise money to have well drilled in Northern Uganda.

Focus on the Family Citizen

"Burying The Truth" by Candi Cushman, March 2005, pages 28-34. This article details the ABC Program (Abstinence, Be Faithful, Condoms) in Uganda that has brought about a very significant reduction in the rate at which the AIDS virus is spreading. (Actually, Ugandan friends use ABCD with the D being or Die) The significant point of the article is that the government of the United States actually works against this due to its emphasis on abstinence.

"Burying Their Hope" by Candi Cushman, April 2005, pages 18-25. This is a follow-up to the article above. Both contain photographs.

Charisma

"God's Time for Uganda, by Kyalo Nguku, July 2006. Photographs and article with side bars, pages 36 - 41.

National Geographic Articles

  • Volume 122, #5, November 1962, pages 683-699."Orphans of the Wild" Aricle and photographs by Maj. Bruce G. Kinloch, M.C. that deals with wild animals in Uganda before the Amin era.
  • Volume 140, #5, November 1971, pages 712-735. "Uganda, Africa's Uneasy Heartland" General Article on Uganda.
  • Volume 158, #1, July 1980, pages 73-88. "Return to Uganda" the story of a Canadian husband and his Uganda wife returning to Ugandan and Island's of Lake Victoria after the fall of Idi Amin.
  • Volume 159, #4, April 1981, pages 500-523. "The Imperiled Mountain Gorilla" by Dian Fossey. The subtitle to this article is "A Grim Struggle for Survial." This article is not exclusively about Uganda but deals with the mountain gorillas of Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo (formerly Zaire).
  • Volume 173, #4, April 1988, pages 468-491. "Uganda - Land Beyond Sorrow". The title speaks for itself.
  • Volume 188, #4, October 1995, pages 58-83. "Mountain Gorillas of Africa." The focus is from Rwanda but includes information on Uganda and the gorilla information applies across borders.

New York Times Travel The Sunday New York Times Travel Section, February 21, 1999 (Section 5, pages 13 & 26) contains a report (and some photographs) of a visit to Bwindi National Park by Lynn Sherr of ABC television.

Uganda The Horror Smithsonian Magazine, February 2005, pages 90 - 99. A piece on the displaced children of the north of Uganda caused by Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army.

A Mission for Africa "The West makes peacekeeping a do-it-yourself project," U.S. News & World Report, September 29, 1997, pages 35-36. This article details information about U.S. military advisors in Africa (including Uganda) helping training African military personnel to maintain peace.

"Educating Sarah", People, December 17, 2007, pages 72-75. This article is about a Ugandan orphan, Sarah Nantaayi, who Chicago photographer Stephen Shames, is helping support and educate.

"Finally A Bright Future", Samaritan's Purse devotional guide.

Please Help If you find an article or even mention of Uganda in National Geographic or other magazine that is not listed above, please Email Me giving magazine name, date, volume number, and pages containing the article. Thanks!

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