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Soap opera could be unlikely form of birth control in Uganda

Uganda has one of the highest birth rates in the world. It also has some of the most dedicated soap opera watchers anywhere in Africa. Now a group of enterprising Ugandans is aiming to tackle the former through the medium of the latter. Soap operas are expensive to make, however, so they plan instead to “hack” a Venezuelan import, recutting the existing series and overdubbing it with Ugandan actors. Using content originally from Nacer Contigo (Reborn), the new show has been rescripted and turn

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Giving birth in the world’s largest refugee camp

Amy Fallon is a freelance journalist who has reported from Australia, the U.K., Africa and Asia for the Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald, AFP and many others. Follow her on Twitter @amyfallon. Under a tarpaulin tent pitched in the world’s largest refugee settlement, a pair of newborn twins is cause for celebration. “They will grow fat,” midwife Christine Ajidiru says, gushing over the mother, Maria Gire, who is breastfeeding one of her new baby girls. The tent houses the maternal and child

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Ugandan singer faces 10 years in jail for risqué pop video

Conservative politicians in Uganda say that a music video by singer Jemimah Kansiime has broken the country’s tough new anti-pornography laws. The 21-year-old has already spent five weeks in jail for appearing in a foam-covered bikini in the video, promoting her single, Ensolo Yange. Under the new law, which took effect in February, Kansiime faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty of “wilfully and unlawfully producing, trafficking, importing, selling and abetting pornography”. But critic

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