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You will not believe the appalling things Ugandans in power are saying about gay people

If actions speak louder than words, then Yoweri Museveni, president of Uganda, screamed on Monday. That's the day he signed into law the infamous anti-gay bill, which defines some homosexual acts as crimes punishable by life in prison. But still, there have been so many upsetting things said on the matter. Here's a selection from over the years:

Western-style activism may be hurting gay rights in Africa

After years of legislative limbo, Uganda passed a law Friday offering a life sentence for "aggravated homosexuality." Experts say Western activism may be making matters worse for African gays.
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Gay rights activist Juliet Mphande of Zambia( L), US Ambassador Samantha Power (C) and Russian journalist Masha Gessen (R) at the United Nations in New York City in December 2013. (Randy Gener/GlobalPost)

For gay rights activists in most African countries, the fight for same-sex marriage is a long way off. The prevalence of homophobia — hate crimes, societal repression and government-encouraged intolerance of gay sex — is so severe that many gay people cannot live openly and African activists who ask the government for fundamental human rights risk imprisonment or death. A number of experts say such activism could actually make the problem worse in some countries.

Case in point: the Ugandan parliament passed a law Friday that would imprison gay people for life for committing acts of “aggravated homosexuality.” The bill had been a matter of global activist concern since its introduction in 2010, though the new law excludes the death penalty clause that earned it the moniker the “Kill the Gays Bill.”


Eritrea's national soccer team disappears, believed defected

Almost the entire Eritrean squad is missing after a tournament in Uganda.
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In December 2009 a dozen players from Eritrea's national football team (above) went missing after a competition in Kenya. Now, 17 members of the national squad have disappeared after playing a tournament in Uganda. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Most of Eritrea's national soccer team has disappeared, believed to have defected after a tournament in Uganda.

Seventeen of the squad's 22 players, plus the team doctor, failed to turn up for their flight home today, BBC Sport reported.

They haven't been seen since Sunday, the day after they played their final match in the Cecafa Cup, a regional tournament organized by the the Council for East and Central Africa Football Association and held this year in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.


Uganda drops death penalty for 'aggravated homosexuality' from anti-gay bill

Ugandan lawmakers have reportedly dropped the clause allowing the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality" from a controversial anti-gay bill.

Uganda to withdraw peacekeepers from Somalia over controversy

Uganda said that it would be withdrawing its peacekeepers from Somalia Saturday after the UN accused the country of supporting rebels in Congo.

Congo demands sanctions on Rwanda, Uganda over rebel support

The M23 movement, led by an indicted war criminal, has forced around 470,000 people to flee their homes since March.

The greatest threat to Uganda's future? The mosquito

Commentary: International partnerships to control the disease are essential.
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A mother holds her seven-month-old daughter underneath a mosquito tent while at the hospital on August 16, 2011. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
KAMPALA, Uganda – This week marks the 50th anniversary of Uganda’s independence, and the capital of Kampala has been noisy with celebration. My country has overcome a violent past, but hope is daily threatened by a force more deadly than any warlord or civil unrest. The greatest threat to Uganda’s future is the common mosquito.

Uganda releases David Cecil, British theater producer jailed over gay play

Homosexual acts are illegal in Uganda, and gays and lesbians have long faced serious discrimination.

Ivory: Ugandan army suspected of elephant slaughter

According to conversation groups, poachers are killing tens of thousands of elephants a year, and the underground ivory trade is becoming increasingly militarized.

Lord's Resistance Army kidnaps dozens in raids in Central African Republic

The news comes a day after reports that the Ugandan army destroyed the base of a key general in the Lord's Resistance Army in the Central African Republic.
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