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Slum Cinema mobile reporting UGANDA On the Lubigi-Namugoona swamp, north west of Kampala, along the northern bypass, thousands of retired army officers and their wives are setting up a market. They have moved away from other markets, from where they had been previously evicted.
Jobless Youth in Kenya In Nairobi the capital of Kenya 70% of the population is youth and they are jobless. Youngsters try to find work at factories or train themselves to become automobile mechanic, but no job can be found.
Over and over again job seeking youngsters are turned down in their request for work. The elder people have no trust in the youth and refuse them. For the youngsters the economic situation is bad in Nairobi. They are so eager to find a job that some companies let them pay to get a job.
Young girls in the slums of Kinyago have been victims of early marriage, bad education and for instance pressure on abortion. The youth is challenged by these problems and can often not cope with. Early marriage is a big problem.
Emily a peer educator of Kinyago tells that in most families boys are more favored than the girls. The girls feel discriminated and prefer leave home to live with their boyfriends. Drugs are another problem. Often the girls use it when having sex, not to get pregnant.
Kampala is the capital and business centre of Uganda. There, some traders are employing young children to sell their goods for very little pay.
13-year old Ronald Ocheng is not anymore in school trying to secure his future. After the tragic death of his parents, caused by the war, he had to move down from Northern Uganda 400 km to Kampala. Now his relatives have posted him in the city to make money and sell biscuits for Ugsh 1,000 per packet. He only earns Ugsh 1,500 a day regardless of how many packets he sells.
Slum Cinema report for African Slum Journal (ASJ) is a series of video reports about issues that matter in slum communities. These reports are produced by so called Community Media Houses. These organization is deeply rooted in the slum. The recruits and trains young people in film making and editing.
Zimbabwean author and poet, Ethel Kabwato, says women authors continue to struggle in this country despite strides made by women in sectors like politics and business.
Mrs Kabwato made these comments while speaking at a Food For Tought (FFT) session at the U.S. Embassy on International Women’s Day.
“Women writers often find themselves in a very difficult position in that they are writers, wives and mothers,” Kabwato said. Sometimes they have to choose between a writing career and their children. “Personally, motherhood comes first!