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Stories from Kampala

The Republic of Uganda is the world’s second most populous landlocked country. Its capital Kampala is located in south-central Uganda. It’s the biggest city in Uganda, located near the Entebbe airport which suffered an incredible blow during the Uganda-Tanzania war.

A brief introduction of Kampala

As a successor to our previous article about stories of humanitarians in Uganda, we now provide you with a peek in the history of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. It once was the capital of the Buganda kingdom. Several buildings that existed during that era survived and are found throughout the city. Examples are the Lubiri Palace and the Buganda Parliament. Nowadays, the city is divided into five boroughs: Kampala, Kawempe, Makindye, Nakawa and Lubaga. The capital is also surrounded by the Wakiso District. This growing urban area grew rapidly between 2002 and 2014 and houses over 2 million inhabitants. Kampala, coupled with its surroundings, is the largest metropolitan area in Uganda.

Ugandans call it the 1979 Liberation War while Tanzanians call it the Kagera War. At that time, the president of Uganda was Idi Amin. He seized power in a military coup in 1971. His reign was characterized by human rights abuses, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption and gross economic mismanagement.

Relations between Tanzania and Uganda were under tremendous strain for several years before the war started. Tanzanian leader Julius Nyerere and ex-president Milton Obote hosted more than 20,000 Ugandan exiles. After years of turmoil, Amin invaded Tanzania in October 1978 and declared a state of war because he thought the Kagera region of Tanzania was within the boundaries of Uganda. Tanzania took the Entebbe airfield after five months of fighting, and quickly after that taking Kampala itself. On 10 April 1979, the war ended. Amin had fled, first to Libya and later to Saudi Arabia.

The city suffered significant damage as a consequence of the Uganda–Tanzania War in the late 70s. The local government and population right away started to rebuild the city. They constructed modern facilities such as hotels, banks, shopping malls, educational institutions and hospitals.

Our very first flight was chartered to Uganda and because of this, Kampala is close to our hearts. We have been taking compassionate humanitarians to Entebbe ever since our beginning. We have seen the war happen with our own eyes. Therefore, our knowledge of this vulnerable country is second to none.

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