View from the trees of Kampala's urban sprawl
Posted Saturday, September 13, 2008, 10:40 AM
Prostitutes working the streets in the Ugandan city of Kampala choose corners amidst the expensive hotels. They cavort their wares to possible clients from under the branches of magnificent trees. Poverty and desperation -- along with alcohol, drugs and AIDS -- obscure their ability to see the beauty.
With its smothering poverty, street beggars, young prostitutes, roll up your car windows since your bag is easy prey, Kampala is a growing metropolis. Merchants in downtown Kampala accuse shoppers who do not buy anything as being robbers. Shouting to other shop keepers that the shopper has stolen has incurred innocent victims in the drive for money. Beaten, put in prison, police are doing little effort in halting the injustice.