Despite having been present in Uganda for over a century, Maragoli people are not recognized in the Ugandan constitution. They have been at risk of statelessness since 2015, when the National Identification and Registration Authority issued identification cards only to recognized “tribes”. Without identification cards, the Maragoli are unable to access education, healthcare, financial services,…
Bagungu people are an indigenous group living in the Buliisa District near Lake Albert in northwest Uganda. Since the creation of Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP), maintaining their pastoralist livelihood has become a challenge.
Bamba and Bakonjo are two indigenous groups who live in the mountainous area of Bundibugyo District. They were evicted from their land with the creation of the Rwenzori National Park, which has prevented them from accessing many economically and culturally significant areas. Photo credit: ComplexMania
Batwa are often called the “Keepers of the Forest” and are one of Africa’s oldest surviving indigenous Basongora are a pastoralist community living in the western lowlands in Uganda and were evicted from their land in 1952 to allow for the creation of Queen Elizabeth National Park. They continue to face human rights violations today. Photo…
Batwa are often called the “Keepers of the Forest” and are one of Africa’s oldest surviving indigenous communities.
The Benet people are an indigenous community from Mount Elgon in Eastern Uganda that have faced numerous human rights abuses as a result of the increased protection of the Mount Elgon National Park.
Due to pressures of conservation, ecotourism, and other neighboring pastoralist communities, the Ik’s lifestyle and culture are being threatened. (Photo: Realm Africa)
Karamojong pastoralists are an impoverished, historically marginalized group without political representation. They have suffered in the past from land grabs for conservation by the government. Open grazing land is dwindling and their entire way of life is at risk. Today, government officials seek to abolish pastoralism in the region.