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Uganda

The Republic of Uganda is a country in East Africa, bordered to the north by Sudan, the east by Kenya, the south by Tanzania, the southwest by Rwanda and to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a portion of the south of the country including the capital Kampala. The southern part of the country includes a large part of Lake Victoria, within which it shares borders with Kenya and Tanzania.

Before independence, Uganda was a prosperous and cohesive country. Its great beauty led Winston Churchill to refer to it as the 'Pearl of Africa', but by the mid-1980s it lay shattered and bankrupt, broken by tribal animosity, nepotism, insanely corrupt politics, mass murder and military tyranny. Uganda's long string of tragedies since independence has been a staple of the Western media, so most people still regard the country as an unstable place to be avoided. Despite the killings and brutality, Ugandans appear to have weathered the storm remarkably well, and the country's transformation is little short of astounding.

Kampala is now the modern, bustling capital of a new Uganda, a country with one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Travellers are flocking to Uganda's beautiful mountains, trekking opportunities and communities of mountain gorillas.

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