Everyday Disasters - Reality Check from Uganda

Regina, from Bwaise in Kampala, Uganda Regina, from Bwaise in Kampala, Uganda

Regine from Kampala, Uganda, and many in the Bwaise neighbourhood have their lives and livelihoods damaged by the floods from seasonal rains; but it is not how much it rains, it's where the water from the rain goes. 

Every year when the rains come in Kampala, Regine and the rest of her community have to move everything in their homes to safety to avoid the regular floods that fill the houses, streets, shops, and schools. During the annual rainy season life slows down as people spend time trying to protect their homes and possessions, and try to avoid the diseases brought by the dirty floodwaters. But it doesn't have to be like this. Bwaise is in one corner of Kampala and while it suffers from the annual rains, many other areas are properly drained. The problem isn't the amount of rainwater, it is where it goes. Anne Akwango, from the Ugandan NGO Deniva, knows that until this everyday disaster is recognised by the city authorities nothing will change.

Watch here a video in our YouTube channel about reality in Bwaise.


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