About Uganda


Uganda and Oregon are comparable in land area but Uganda has 10x more people, which is more than the population of California

From 1894 to 1962, Uganda was a British protectorate and Winston Churchill referred to it as the "pearl of Africa" because of its beauty

50% of the population in Uganda is under the age of 15, making it the youngest-aged country

Uganda's official languages are English and Swahili

Life expectancy of women is 54.3 years and of men is 52.2 years

Uganda is 86.7% Christian, 11.5% Islam, 0.5% Religiously Unaffiliated, 0.3% Hinduism, and 0.1% Other

Image

Uganda is a land-locked beautiful country located in the Eastern Part of Africa. It is at the equator and Northern Uganda has two seasons – dry (December-February, June-July) and rainy (March-May, August-November). For many years, Uganda has been known to be the source of the second longest and one of the most famous rivers in the world – the Nile – which flows through the country into the Sudan and Egypt. The capital city, Kampala, is located on the northern shore of Lake Victoria (the second largest lake in the world) and has over one million inhabitants. It has one international airport in Entebbe (Entebbe International Airport) - about 22 miles from the capital. It is bordered by South Sudan in the North, Democratic Republic of Congo in the Northwest, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda to the south and east.

When you visit Uganda, you will notice the huge difference between the Southern (in red on the map) and Northern (in yellow in the map) parts of the country. The difference is so great that you might think there are two countries with the same name. The South, where the capital is located, has better developed roads, businesses, hospitals and transportation partly because it is near the capital and also because of peace. The Northern part of the country is poor and less developed because of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) war that started in 1986 and ended in 2008. Northern Uganda is now under rehabilitation from the ravages of war that reduced the people to abject poverty while the other parts of the country prospered. The Acoli and Lango are the major tribes in Northern Uganda.

The Archdiocese of Gulu, which is typically the whole of Northern Uganda, is composed of the districts of: Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya, Omoro, Pader, Agago, Lamwo and Kitgum. The population of these districts is mostly Christian - Catholics and Protestants with a few pockets of the Pentecostal and other Christian denominations. Most people have settled along the roads and major towns to benefit from better infrastructure.