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Uganda people | Uganda | Africa

[Visited: November 2005]

Of course, the notion of a Ugandan person is a far cry from the reality on the ground. While the borders of the country are clearly fixed, the population actually consists of more than thirty ethnic groups. Moreover, several different religions are represented in Uganda making it a truly multi-ethnic, multi-religious country. Fortunately for the visitor, English is widely spoken and communication is not difficult. What awaits the traveller is a friendly, mostly good-humoured people that are often curious to the visitor.

Picture of Uganda people (Uganda): Small Ugandan boy with a genuine smile

Apart from their uncomplicated and open way of being that reminded me mostly of West Africa, the people add colour to the country. While travelling around and marvelling at the fantastic countryside of Uganda, you are often amazed by the bright colours of their clothes, the impeccable colours of the school uniforms that can be seen anywhere, and the way that both countryside and people form a beautiful composition. People walking the roadsides, carrying their loads on their heads. The amount of missed photo opportunities was enormous - stopping at every moment would have made travelling around almost impossible.

Picture of Uganda people (Uganda): Young Ugandans passing the equator sign as a daily routine

One of the highlights of our trip to Uganda was a visit to a local school. With such a young population, it is no wonder there are so many schools around, and we felt very welcome when we decided to walk into one of them. We were soon greeted by the school kids singing for us, while the teacher took us for a dance in front of the students. They were asked some questions and eagerly answered where they could. We left the building in high spirits, and wished them all a bright future.

Picture of Uganda people (Uganda): Woman trying to sell fish at market on the shore of Lake Edward
Picture of Uganda people (Uganda): Helping each other out: getting a car across a flooded bridge
Picture of Uganda people (Uganda): Market scene in Western Uganda
Picture of Uganda people (Uganda): Ugandan fishermen adjusting their nets on the shore of Lake Edward
Picture of Uganda people (Uganda): Ugandan women at a street market
Picture of Uganda people (Uganda): Ugandan school kids
Picture of Uganda people (Uganda): Ugandan schoolkids in classroom
Picture of Uganda people (Uganda): Ugandan woman sewing on her machine
Picture of Uganda people (Uganda): Ugandan people walking alongside a road
Picture of Uganda people (Uganda): Ugandan streetscene
Picture of Uganda people (Uganda): Ugandan woman selling fruits in a fruit stall
Picture of Uganda people (Uganda): Ugandan man carrying a piece of wood
Picture of Uganda people (Uganda): Ugandan women looking back on the road

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