Uganda By: Rachel Lewis

Uganda is located in East Central Africa, it is west of Kenya, east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, south of Sudan, and is also north of Lake Victoria.

The climate here is tropical with temperatures ranging throughout the 70's but near the mountainous ranges, on the top of Mount Elgon where it's covered with snow the temperature is much lower. Usually rainy with two dry seasons, December-January and June-August.

The capital city is Kampala located just above Lake Victoria with a population of 1,353,189. (2013) As shown above Uganda is mostly plateau with a rim of mountains. The country is landlocked, fertile, and well watered by the many lakes and rivers.

Some natural resources here include copper, cobalt, hydropower, limestone, salt, arable land, gold, and oil.

The top three ethnic groups include Baganda at 16.5%, Banyankole at 9.6%, and Basoga at 8.8%. And the top three religions include Protestant at 45.1% (Anglican 32.0%, Pentecostal/Born Again/Evangelical 11.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.7%, Baptist .3%), Roman Catholic at 39.3%, and Muslim at 13.7%. Also the official language is English, which is taught in school, used in newspapers, heard on radios, and used in court.

The traditional attire in Uganda includes Gomesis worn by women and Kanzus worn by men.

Life expectancy differs from male to female. The average female lives to about 57 whereas the average male would live to about 54.

In Uganda they have a Presidential Republic where the president is the head of the country as we have here in the United States. And their current leader is Yoweri Museveni who has been the leader of Uganda since January 29 1986.

The Ugandan currency is known as Shillings. One Shilling is equal to .00028 US dollar/one US dollar is equal to 3582.30 Ugandan Shillings.

Places to Visit (Tourist Spots): Murchison Falls National Park located in Lolim is a national park with waterfalls, and diverse wildlife habitats such as forests & grassland filled with animals like elephants, leopards, hippos, chimps, lions, etc. and bird species ranging from the common grey crowned crane to the rare shoebill.

Another place to visit would be the Kasubi Royal Tombs located in Kampala. This site is used as the burial grounds for four kabakas and other members of the Baganda royal family.

Historical Dates:

  • 500 BC-1300 AD: Bantu Speaking people migrate to the region (Bantu Migrations) and they establish the state of Buganda
  • 1894-1900: Britain takes control over Buganda, renames it Uganda, and while maintaining authority over Uganda they name a kabaka/tribal king as the ruler

  • Uganda gained it's independence from Britain on Oct 9 1962 when they grouped together a numerous amount of ethnic groups with different political systems as well as cultures.
Yoweri Museveni
  • Under the harsh eight year rule of Amin, the military leader an estimated 300,00 people were killed in 1971 he is later forced out of Uganda after failed attempt at conquering Tanzania as the troops and ugandan exiles invade
  • In 1986 yoweri Museveni takes power and improves human rights protection and stability

Here some common diseases include HIV/AIDS, food or waterborne diseases, vectorborne diseases: malaria, dengue fever, and trypanosomiasis-Gambiense (African sleeping sickness), water contact disease, animal contact diseases.

Ugandan schools begin with the nursery levels in which you begin around three and end at six and then you move onto primary school where exams are handed out where you look to pass with a score of one rather than a score of nine which would be considered failing. Afterwards they'd attend secondary school for six years with two stages where they can complete the four stages they continue on to completing Uganda Certificate of Education. And from there some go to A-levels or the Higher School Certificate for two years and then if a score higher than 28 is scored may move onto a university program.

This is the national anthem of Uganda called "Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty."


Created with images by Free Grunge Textures - - "Uganda Grunge Flag" • The Dilly Lama - "DSC_0656" • Trocaire - "DSC_7014 (Uganda 6, GHR 11)" • US Army Africa - "Atlas Drop 11 officially begins with ceremony at Soroti Airfield" • Dave Lonsdale - "Muchison Falls" • Retlaw Snellac Photography - "tribes of kenia" • ReeSaunders - "The Union Flag 'Union Jack' 322" • Chatham House, London - "Yoweri Museveni, President, Uganda" • CDC Global Health - "EIS Officer" • Todd Huffman - "School"

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