Uganda: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
By Marissa Hall

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Marissa Hall

Period: Second

Nation of your choice: Uganda

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): In my opinion, some people that are less fortunate learn to take what they have and make the best of it. I have always dreamed of going to Africa and meeting the people there and seeing the famous safaris. From what I have heard, the people are the nicest people they have ever met, and they take good care and protect the tourist, and to me that is very important. I am also very interested in a way to solve the problem of Joseph Kony taking very young children and making them fight.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): There is not mach that I know about Uganda so far, but I am very curious to see what the some issues are in that country. I do know that it is located toward the middle right side of Africa, surrounding about half of Lake Victoria. Uganda is also not as highly developed with technology and architecture, much like most of the continent of Africa. A huge problem that is occurring in Uganda, is health care and how to help prevent HIVS and AIDS. Lastly, I have heard that they have many tribal rituals and traditions. There are many things that I have yet to learn about Uganda and what is going on there.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I anticipate that when I start researching the country of Uganda, I will discover many issues that I never knew about. One thing that I hope to find, is a change in economic struggles. From what I have previously heard, Uganda is a poor country, and they have many people struggling from poverty. I would also like to see a stop to Joseph Kony and the cruelty that happens to innocent people and a reduction in crime.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): If Uganda, as well as the whole continent of Africa is better equipped with health care and technology it would ensure that the mortality rate will significantly decrease. Having diseases and deadly viruses in and around Uganda is keeping many travelers from exploring over there. This is good and bad, but I think that the more people that travel there, the more awareness that will be raises, and the more help that Uganda as a whole will receive. I think that every country no matter what size is very important in the success of the world.

New York Times Topics: Uganda

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Marissa Hall

Period: Second

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Senior Rebel From Uganda to Be Moved to the Hague"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Jeffery Gettleman

Date of Publication:January 13, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Recently in Kenya, a Ugandan rebel commander named Dominic Ongwen, was caught, and handed over to the International Criminal Court. He is a partner of Joseph Kony, and part of one of the most dangerous groups in the world. The Lord's Resistance Army has burned several villages and taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people.

Quote: Jeffery explains that "Dominic Ongwen, a commander of the Lord's Resistance Army and one of the most notorious fugitives in Africa, was detained by American Special Forces." He also tells us that "This group is believed to have slaughtered thousands of civilians and kidnapped tens of thousands of children, forcing them to become soldiers and sex slaves"(NYT).

Comment: In my opinion, any person that is capable of doing such a horrifying thing to innocent people, does not deserve to even live. What Dominic has chosen to do is so uncalled for, and very absurd. This group of cruel people has made Africa one of the most unsafe living environments in the world. For the ones that he didn't murder, they will most likely be scarred for the rest of their lives, and have to live with traumatic memories that will never be erased. It is so selfish to take all these people from their families and lives and us them for their own benefit. It is good to know that the American Special Forces was able to capture and stop him from such cruelty, but they still need to work as hard as they can to capture the rest of Ongwen's evil partners.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Marissa Hall

Period: Second

Title of article (in quotation marks): "U.S. Embassy in Uganda  Warns of a 'Specific Threat' to Airport"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Alan Cowell

Date of Publication: July 3, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The United States airlines that land in foreign countries, as well as other locations have been threatened multiple times that they might be attacked. The U.S. Embassy has been warning American citizens to revise their plans and maybe schedule for another time of the year.

Quote: One of the statements that the U.S. Embassy released stated that "the target of for these attacks could include hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, shopping malls,diplomatic missions, transportation hubs, religious institutions, government offices or public transportation."

Comment: This being released in the newspapers, and on television would frighten the citizens of these areas, and it would create a feeling of insecurity. It could work both good and bad. Many people might cancel their vacations that they have been planning for months in advance, and as a result, would be losing hundreds of dollars due to cancelation fees. Even if they did know that there was a threat, what good would that be, because ultimately, no one will be able to stop the Shabab if they did plan to execute the plans. I think that the U.S. needs to stop intervening so much with other countries problems because it is making more and more countries turn their backs on us, and they will soon form an alliance so big, that we cannot stop them

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Democratic Republic of Congo: Rebels Kill Dozens"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Agence France-Presse

Date of Publication: November 24, 2014

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) This article focuses on a Ugandan rebel group that is being accused of killing more than two hundred people in about three months. It is written for anyone that is interested in knowing about the violence and brutality that is going on in Uganda. The writer most likely wrote about this topic to inform people of the dangers going on.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text is about murders, killings, and deaths. It states that there was 104 bodies discovered after the most recent attack. The author is trying to spread a message that it is dangerous, and many precautions need to be taken while going around, because anything can happen at any time. The civil Society of North Kivu, blamed rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces and National Army for the Liberation of Uganda for the massacres. later, it states that those rebels had been driven out of the country in 1995.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The author expresses a more concerned, scared tone. It created a feeling of alert and raised awareness of this issue not only with this one specific group, but with all of the rebels in Uganda. It portrays a strong feeling of fright, especially since no one knows who actually did it.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) He uses statistics and numbers to show how many fatalities there were, which emphasized how many innocent people died. It really showed that there was more than expected. He also used words like "attack" and "massacre" which are used to give of a very powerful vibe.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) He only wrote about a paragraph, but it was filled with interesting facts, and solid information that can later be elaborated. He also included the names of the important people and groups that either committed the killings, or researched them later.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):"After a Major Court Victory, Gay Ugandans Stage a Parade"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: The Associated Press

Date of Publication: August 9, 2014

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The main idea of this article is to express equality and freedom. It shows that people are not doing it just to get their faces and names in the paper, but rather to make a strong point. The writer most likely wrote about this parade because acceptance of homosexuals has been such a huge contraversy world-wide, and there is such a wide range of opinions.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) This article is showing how there are laws in Uganda that restrict people from freedom. Also, just because someone is a little different and unique in their own ways, they are being severely discriminated for it. People are standing up against authority and the majority of people, in order to express what they believe in.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The author does not have a positive or negative feeling towards this situation. He/she rather just states the facts and has not actual opinion. They remain pretty consistently bias throughout the whole article, but there are a couple of words that are used to give off the impression that they are happy about the situation.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.)The writer interviewed Jacqueline Kasha and said, "We are a group of people that have suffered enough. We are Ugandans who have the right to gather in a public place. We are going to have fun." I think that they chose to use these few sentences because they are very powerful and send a strong message to all the readers. It emphasizes that no one should be prejudice towards another group of people or an individual; judgement is something that happens everyday and the less we do it, the world will become a better place.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) It is an article that is professionally written by The Associated Press and published within the New York Times. I think that affects the standpoint, and makes the specific writer unable to directly favor one side over the other, but slight hints could be given here and there that show what side they support. The paragraphs are short, and only give the facts that are needed to be able to tell what happened during the parade and why it was held in the first place.

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Comment Stream

2 years ago
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I really like the pictures. It is really sad how many kids are kidnapped and people are getting slaughtered.

2 years ago
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omg this is so great I want to go there too! we should go together then I will be in an airport lool I have so much to tell you but this is great how much you got into it. it really nice to see people so young wanting to go abroad well love you