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The Hidden Toll of Open Cast Gold Mining on Health, Environment: The Case of Uganda and Burundi

Bare-chested miners dig pits to look for gold in Odupi sub county, Uganda. Image by Richard Drasimaku. Whether in Uganda or Burundi, gold mining remains predominantly artisanal and rudimentary. Many miners do not care about their health, less about the environment. By Richard Drasimaku and Renovat Ndabashinze November 15, 2023 …

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Ushuru uliofichwa wa uchimbaji dhahabu wazi juu ya afya, mazingira: kesi ya Uganda na Burundi

  Iwe nchini Uganda au Burundi, uchimbaji wa dhahabu unasalia kuwa wa kisanaa na wa kawaida. Wachimba migodi wengi hawajali afya zao, hata kuhusu mazingira. This story was produced with support from the Congo Basin Rainforest Journalism Fund and the Pulitzer Center  Na Richard Drasimaku (Uganda) na Rinovat Ndabashinze (Burundi)  Kutoka …

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THE QUEST FOR THE REINTRODUCTION OF THE WHITE RHINOS IN AJAI WILDLIFE RESERVE

The Ajai Wildlife ReserveBY RICHARD DRASIMAKU ARUA: MONDAY, JULY 02, 2023 While growing up as a child, Ben Afidra Amorimvapi, a resident of Degiya village, Olali parish-Ogoko Sub County developed fondness for White Rhinos. With his village home sitting on what was a controlled hunting area of Ajai wildlife reserve, …

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ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISTS IN CONGO BASIN CHALLENGED ON INVESTIGATIVE, DATA JOURNALISM TO HALT DEGRADATION

BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU ARUA: THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2023 Dr Severin Kalonga, the project lead for Forest Landscape Restoration in Africa initiative of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) has emphasized the role of environmental journalists to help halt and reverse the negative trend of degradation and biodiversity loss in …

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Information gap, alcoholism, staffing levels key to low family planning intake in Karamoja, Health workers.

BY EDWARD AKAKI, TIMOTHY EODU- MOROTO A 2021 survey by National Population Council shows that Karamoja has the highest fertility rates in Uganda standing at Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of 7.9 compared to the country’s average of 5.2.Also, 46% of pregnancies in Uganda are unintended with the mean desired total …

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RESEARCHER CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF CHARISMATIC NUBIAN FLAPSHELL TURTLES

BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU ARUA: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2023 Once considered extinct, Africa’s largest soft-shell turtle known as the Nubian Flapshell turtle has made an unexpected comeback in river Nile sections in Uganda’s West Nile and parts of South Sudan. However, the river shores along Enyau, a tributary of river Nile …

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LIVELIHOOD PROJECTS FOR EX-POACHERS HELPING TO PRESERVE BIODIVERSITY IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU KASESE: Tuesday, February 21, 2023 While a 14-year old pupil in primary five in 1994, Julius Tumushabe got lured into poaching by peers and turned his back on school. On his debut day, he went out into the wilderness of the sprawling Queen Elizabeth National park in …

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CLIMATIC CHANGE IN KARAMOJA (MOROTO), ITS EFFECTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION

By Edward Akaki – Moroto, Karamoja On a humanitarian ground, everyone deserves a right to life, health and clean water and sanitation, afact that thousands in Karamoja see as a myth due to changing climatic conditions. The suffering and pain in Uganda’s north-eastern pastoralist region, is visible in massive crop …

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