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I am a Ugandan multimedia journalist working on peace and conflict issues in the Eastern Africa region. In past I have worked as a Coordinator for Africans Act for Africa, a network of citizens and activists from across the continent to put pressure on African governments to step up to various challenges. I have also worked as an Editor and Rights in Crisis Digital Campaigner. 

I have experience in documenting and communicating women’s war experiences in Uganda, South Sudan and DR Congo where i worked with Isis-Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange.

The World Economic Forum honored me among 200 Young Global Leaders under 40 for 2013.

My blog won the Waxal – Blogging Africa Awards first African journalist blogging awards hosted by Panos Institute of West Africa in 2009. I am an Internet Freedom Fellow with U.S Department of State Human rights program designed to promote the work of online activists and journalists to enhance human rights coverage.

I hold a Masters in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies from the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. I have also studied Non-Violent Conflict at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

I have written for different Ugandan media- newspapers and Television . My work has featured at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). My reporting on peace and security was recognised at the 2008 Ugandan Investigative Journalism Awards hosted by Makerere University Department of Mass Communication.

I am a Global Voices author and i do commentary on conflict issues.

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  1. Mathew Langol permalink
    August 10, 2009 11:32 am

    Rosebel,

    I am happy to note that you are studying. I have been following your articles and very professional, informing and intelligent. I wish you all the best in your professional development, but remember Uganda and Africa. Africa needs you in the media field you are specialising in. Ali Mazrui, still comes back to Africa.
    Regards,

    Mathew Langol@köln

    • March 12, 2012 7:14 am

      Perhaps you should understand the world of communication a little more, If it was not for kony2012 you would be unknown, Oh and for 26 years Nothing changed, dont think aftrica can handle anything complex really, But maybe things move slowly in africa

      • Mike permalink
        November 22, 2012 4:13 am

        @locationshoot, take your backward racist outdated rhetoric elsewhere. Uganda’s army successfully pushed Kony out of Uganda and yet the ninny’s at Invisible Children made it seem as if Kony and his army were in Uganda. Furthermore the amnesty that was offered to members of Joseph Kony’s army by the Ugandan government led to the drastic reduction of the LRA. A clown such as yourself lacks understanding of the complexity of the issues at hand.

      • Ugasupport permalink
        December 6, 2012 10:56 am

        @Locationshoot, African’s are not slow at all, we just get interupted and disorganised by people like you who want to take credit for our efforts, Kony was wiped away by Ugandans.

  2. August 11, 2009 6:32 am

    Thanks Mathew for your kind words. I will be back.

    • Sylvestre permalink
      October 9, 2009 5:33 am

      Hi, I have liked your blog and it contents. is it possible to contact me.
      i also visited this site and found it interesting do visit it.
      http://www.africafrique.com
      bless you.

  3. August 14, 2009 4:37 pm

    Rose,

    Great that you have arrived Costa Rica for your studies. Have enjoyed bour blog and I admire your courage in being able to write and think the way you do. Though our meeting in SA during FAIR 2008 workshop was brief, I certainly have come to realise your guts and the stuff you are made off. Keep the African flag flying over ther.

    Cheers

  4. August 14, 2009 4:37 pm

    Rose,

    Great that you have arrived Costa Rica for your studies. Have enjoyed bour blog and I admire your courage in being able to write and think the way you do. Though our meeting in SA during FAIR 2008 workshop was brief, I certainly have come to realise your guts and the stuff you are made off. Keep the African flag flying over there.

    Cheers

  5. William Tayeebwa permalink
    August 16, 2009 11:12 pm

    Rosebell,
    I consider the UPEACE program among the top best in the world. While you are already an accomplished brilliant reporter, the program will enhance your conceptual and analytical skills to take your reporting to another level – questioning established national and international policies as well as paradigms with respect to conflict management. Make sure to use your time at UPEACE to widen your understanding of the geographical scope of the existing conflicts and the solutions used to handle each of them. What can Africa learn from South America’s handling of the intractable conflicts in that part of the world? What needs to be changed within media and communication to promote peace-oriented thinking and practice? How is Africa uniquely impacted by the geopolitics of global conflicts e.g. the war on terror? How equipped are we in media and communication to wiggle through all that? Best of luck and enjoy your program!!
    William Tayeebwa,
    PhD Candidate and Trudeau Foundation Scholar in Media for Peace at http://cjournal.concordia.ca/archives/20080612/trudeau_scholar_studies_global_media.php

  6. August 17, 2009 2:58 am

    Many thanks master Tayebwa, and ur still my master because what you have just added to my reading list is a must read indeed. i will look it up and I am sure to use this time to gather all that I can to be a better reporter and a better person.

  7. William Dawley permalink
    November 6, 2009 4:51 pm

    I stumbled upon your website as I was doing a search for the terms “Costa Rica” and “presidential term limits.” I have been interested in reading about the past decade’s changes to laws on presidential term limits, and I was glad to see that you had mentioned recent news concerning this in Costa Rica.

    After looking at your blog, I’d be very interested in hearing how you’re finding your master’s program in UPEACE, as well as in reading anything you’re working on there. I applaud your website, as much for the thoughtful content of your blogs as for its form — very informative and navigable. I really ought to get one up myself.

    I’m also in Costa Rica due to my graduate studies. I am currently a graduate student in the anthropology department at the University of California, San Diego. This visit to Ciudad Quesada is my fourth for the purposes of laying the groundwork for my dissertation field work. My interests include Costa Rican politics and political economy, the spread of evangelical Christianity in Costa Rica, and issues pertaining to gender and the family.

    Because of these interests, then, that I was also happy to see that you have blogged about religious matters. Have you been to any local churches in Costa Rica? Since my first visit in 2003, I have been attending three churches for a comparative study in the kinds of Christianity available to members of Ciudad Quesada, and to understand the way that religious belief/practice is related to changes in gender and the family in Costa Rica, and the way in which both might be related to Costa Rica’s political economy.

    Finally, on the issue to term limits, I was also interested to see that you were from Uganda. I’d love to hear more of your thoughts on the Costa Rican situation. Maybe we can exchange recommended readings. Like lots of people, I’m very underinformed about the African examples in lots of these readings, and I could use recommendations on good analysis of the African situation. BTW, one of the professors in the department at UCSD is Jonathan Friedman. Have you ever read any of his work on identity and tribalism in the DRC?

    I look forward to reading your blog, and I welcome any inquiries or more information about your studies.

    Best wishes,

    William Dawley

  8. November 20, 2009 4:28 pm

    Hello Rosebell,

    I just joined up with Vox so i could write to you there, but then saw your comment about wordpress! So here i am.

    I don’t know if you remember, but I met you on the Peace & Collaborative Development Network and nearly met you in Uganda when we were over this summer, but sadly our dates didn’t coincide.

    I actually came across you by chance again, via one of your blogs on Vox which really impressed me, without realising who the author was, and then realised it was you!

    So i just had to reconnect with you :)

    I’m delighted to say that our Uganda chapter is in the process of registering.

    Our experience in Uganda was incredible, and a long story in itself, but left us feeling very passionate about Uganda.

    Would love to be in touch again, especially having read more of your writing.

    We are currently in the middle of setting up a campaign for the elimination of violence against women. Which looks set now to be an ongoing campaign. You can see more at http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org

    With very warmest wishes
    Chris.

  9. December 21, 2009 11:26 am

    Rose you surely a good writer. God bless you. Keep up.

  10. Jonathan Akweteireho permalink
    January 17, 2010 6:10 am

    ROSE+BELL=

    I was tempted to search and learn more on Costarica after the skype KB a little while ago.

    Goodaplace it looks.
    Cheers gal

  11. Ali Barewa permalink
    February 15, 2010 6:26 pm

    Dear Rose
    It is refresing to see you put your God given skills to work. May almighty God guide and protect you in your life endevours. Please help those at home who can’t help themselves. All Africans are one people. Ali Mazrui has been my Hero ever since the program the Aricans.I love you too my sister. I am an Engineer living in west for a long time, and I unable to go home. Everybody that i know is gone. So keep your stories coming.It gives me hope to go on.

    Ali Barewa

  12. February 21, 2010 4:41 pm

    Thanks for you remarks am sure each of us can contribute something to our country.

  13. Rwambangye Paul permalink
    March 13, 2010 7:40 am

    What a brilliant lady you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t give up. I am Paul from Bushenyi tooo, a journalist.

  14. pius permalink
    March 17, 2010 6:14 am

    its so irritating wat happened to the kasubi tombs ,,,, and we strongly belive it was the govt .

  15. pius permalink
    March 17, 2010 6:17 am

    luck u …. wish u the best , hope u ll fetch uganda some touristr from costarica … uganda has alot to offer

  16. Twakoowa permalink
    March 17, 2010 6:25 am

    who cares?

  17. OTAI SAM permalink
    March 17, 2010 6:41 am

    Hullo Rosebel, Its very encouraging, that you persue your dreams & goals till you achieve them. I live in kamwokya kampala, & I used to visit a muteso friend @ Radionetwork.
    Otherwise iam with the http://www.gnld.com, incase you want to know more, just get back to me.
    Thanks Sam &GOD BLESS you while there.

  18. March 17, 2010 7:03 am

    Hello Ross,

    I have liked your contributions on peace and conflicts. I followed this link from the BBC report of the Kasubi tombs fire. And ofcourse known you as an NTV reporter. Well, I am having an online based NEW PORTAL for Uganda, which purely Ugandan. You can take a look and see http://www.weblogsafrica.com/uganda . I am interested in such great stories. Let me know what you think about this portal.

  19. March 17, 2010 7:56 am

    Dear Rosebell,

    My take on conflict and investigative journalism is that the journalist must be unprejudiced, non-biased in her reporting. I have read many articles on the Ugandan situation especially related to the worsening relationship between the Kabaka (King) of Buganda and the Ugandan President Yoweri K. Museveni’s regime- which is think is a personal matter between him and Kabaka Mutebi. I may be wrong and this is why am asking for a professional journalistic view point.

    I have just read about the suspected arson; the UNESCO listed historical tombs of four kings of Buganda was gutted by fire last night. When the president tried to visit the site, his presidential convoy was blocked by the people and so he could not reach his destination.

    This does not augur well at all in a situation where the Baganda are already angry with him and the country is heading for presidential elections 2011 and where the Baganda feel marginalized and persecuted in their own kingdom.

    Worst of all, there are insinuations of a brewing genocide; with each side accusing the other as the one planning the genocide! This is serious matter the world must not allow to happen in Uganda or ever again anywhere in the world. I refer to The New Vision Editorial that was rebutted by the Buganda Kingdom Attorney General about genocide.

    There is an ongoing conflict between President Museveni and the Buganda kingdom. I would like to read from your thoughts about this ongoing conflicts and what the best solution could be to resolve this matter amicably. Of course I know you hail from Uganda’s western region and one would think you would be biased like many others from Ankole and Kigezi when it comes to a conflict between Museveni- a westerner himself and Buganda or any other ethnic group in Uganda.

    The most disturbing issue for me is my knowledge that when Museveni came to power 1986 he came in as a unifying factor, a non-tribalistic principle; one that fought against nepotism and a staunch fighter for African unity.

    He spoke much about the dangers of fragmentation of Africa into tribalistic groups and small nations but he is doing the exact opposite of his earlier principles regarding this now in Uganda.

    In particular he has broken up Buganda into minor kingdoms that never once existed as kingdoms before; he has taken Uganda back to precolonial times breaking up the stakes of a unified country it once was at least at independence in 1962 when tribalistic disputes between Buganda and Bunyoro were tabled and resolved.

    No other ethnic group submitted their disputes for autonomy or having been annexed to Buganda at the time. Why resurrect these issues now when everyone in Uganda is looking up to an East African Political Federation of which he is a vanguard? Judged against this state of affairs, Museveni is the reason why Buganda is now talking of seceding from Uganda. He has given ammunition to the cause.

    By restoring kingdoms, Buganda in particualr, he built an anthill and is now breaking it apart…what does he expect the Baganda to do? To sit and watch him break up their kingdom? This is absurd.

    In other words, let Uganda be dismantled and have each tribe be an independent nation as they were before the colonialists came to this part of East Africa and destabilised the peace. Is this what he wants?

    What are your views about this and why do you think he is doing this at a time when he is fighting for an East African Political Federation?

    Has he stooped so low for political reasons because he plans to stand for a fourth term as an elected president? What is the gist and kernel of this dramatic change in his political manifesto?

  20. March 17, 2010 8:20 am

    Good to learn that you are in Costa Rica, I once lived and studied in Los Angeles, California, but one thing I learnt about people from that part of the globe(Western Europe in General), is that they know very little about Uganda in particular and Africa in general, leave alone East Africa, please, my appeal to you is to sell our country as much as you can now that you are a journalist. John from Kampala

  21. March 17, 2010 8:22 am

    Hise Rose, wooow it’s nice reading your blog and as fellow former local journalists in Uganda do envy you.

    Besides the fact that you come from Bushenyi also makes me strong that some body from Rushenyi in Ntungamo, I will change this world for peace and reconciliation the way you do.

    OK, I do freelance with The Observer, and other local Runyankole language papers [ENTATSI] in Uganda.

    It’s today that as I read a story on BBC about the Kasubi tombs, i came across your blog, lets keep in touch for there is a lot you will guide me on.

    Am heading a CBO in Ntungamo, South Western Uganda majoring in Peace, conflict resolution, promoting alternative conflict resolutions and also calling on youths to conserve nature.

    +256785767700
    guvanon2@yahoo.com

  22. andrew kaggwa permalink
    March 17, 2010 8:27 am

    it was really nice reading your stuff. keep it up plz

  23. Johnson Mujungu permalink
    March 17, 2010 9:34 am

    Splendid blog Rosebell.

    We need your input at Abanyakigezi and Friends here http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=34350429158#!/group.php?gid=34350429158

  24. Jane Joan Ayeko permalink
    March 20, 2010 9:30 am

    Hi Kagu’s wat a great pleasure to read from you. I stambbled on your blog through BBC: U know me and U: Once a journalist always one. So we belong together. I just decided to drop u a line and say yes, we are all following home news. It is no good news. Iam glad you are doing the same course as me. May be one day, me and U can make a difference in our home land an Africa at large. Iam also doing my MA in Peace and Conflict Research in Otto Von Guericke Universität Madgeburh in Germany.

  25. March 21, 2010 3:54 pm

    Thanks Joan,

    I was wondering where you had disappeared to. Glad to hear you are studying for we need all the study we can land our hands on.
    hope you will be back to the continent soon!

  26. April 7, 2010 11:46 pm

    well done
    god bless U

    TAKE CARE

  27. June 11, 2010 9:26 am

    2010 ACP Photo Competition
    Online Image

    Today The Courier launched the “African, Caribbean and Pacific Talents: a Photo Award”.

    As the title suggests, this competition is open to young photographers from ACP countries.

    Through this competition, The Courier aims to increase the visibility of young photographers and encourage the use of photography as a tool to reflect and describe the society and the world around us.

    The theme of the award is broad, and represents an invitation to investigate some of the most complex issues of our time.

    The topics are:

    Trade, Culture, Tradition, Science and technology, Climate change and their relations with development.

    The winner will be selected by an international jury made up of professionals in the field, and will receive 1,000 euros.

    Events and exhibitions will also be held in Brussels.

    Please check on The Courier website for more information, for the detailed rules of the award and for the competition logo.

    Thanks for spreading the news and please don’t esitate to email us should you have any question.

  28. June 21, 2010 6:49 am

    My question is totally outside your usual area, but you can probably confirm for me. I have been told that citizens of Tanzania pronounce their country’s name in two ways, not one: Tan-za-nee-a AND Tan-zane-e-a. Is this correct? Several people have told me so, however, I have had no luck so far confirming this. Please let me know your answer.
    Thank you.

    • June 22, 2010 6:00 am

      I am Ugandan so i go with the first pronounciation Tan-za-nee-a and am sure most call in the region go by that.

  29. June 25, 2010 6:51 pm

    Hello,
    Welcome to Togo, west Africa, place where I write from.
    I was making a research and I was directed to your blog.
    I find it special. Congratulartions!!!
    I am Carlos Amevor, I have just ended my journalism
    course and I following the practice now.
    As an elder, I hope U give me help.
    Wait for your reply.
    Bye and may God keep you safe
    Carlos Amevor

  30. July 16, 2010 9:32 pm

    Hello Rosebell,

    It’s amazing to learn of the immense interest you have in Transitional Justice. I got to know your blog through a colleague who studied at the University of Peace, Costa Rica; where you are right now. I am currently working with the African Transitional Justice Researchers’ Network (ATJRN), as the Regional Coordinator for the Grate Lakes. I am based at the Refugee Law Project, Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Kampala.

    ATJRN, has established an Institute for African Transitional Justice – IATJ (“Addressing Transitional Justice Issues in African Context”). We shall be running our first one-week-long course in Kampala, slated for Nov 21 – 27. The course is designed for Researchers, Academics, Practitioners, Government Officials, Students, and other Humanitarian Workers interested, and/or, working on African Transitional-Justice-related issues. We have a limited number of partial/fulltime scholarships. It would be great to get in touch with you, considering that you have a strong opinion on justice issues.

    Thanks for your blog, just had a “run” through it today!
    Cheers and keep it up
    Levis O.
    Kampala-Uganda

  31. Jane Joan AYEKO permalink
    October 21, 2010 3:04 pm

    Hi Kagus

    Hope all is well with you,
    Mum things are tough here. Currently with DW World and also ventured into the world of Radio so DW Radio too. But lol bks, Research and media aint making fun. Gues u know what it feels like. All the best my gal
    Jane

  32. Christian Veits permalink
    October 27, 2010 6:53 am

    Dear Rosebell,

    congratulations on your blog, very informative. I actually want to contact you regarding an independent, international magazine I am working on at the moment. I know that free content is a swear word in today’s media industry, but if you believe in informing the masses, please drop me a message at cveits@thirtyone-limited.com and I will share my vision with you.

    Best,
    Chris

  33. Kiflu Hussain permalink
    November 27, 2010 9:57 am

    Hi Rose;
    I am an Ethiopian living with a permanent residence permit in Uganda or to to tell it as it is I am a refugee.Mahidere Bekele told me about you whereupon I visited your blog.It looks interesting and you seem to be actively engaged in all the important things that matter to Africans.Well,keep up the good work.

    Best Regards

    Kiflu Hussain

  34. December 3, 2010 1:53 pm

    Thanks Kiflu please in box me

  35. March 21, 2011 6:56 pm

    Hi Rosebell,

    Congs for what you have done and for what you are doing. I read widely and i just surfed into your blog through Google.

    However, as i read comments on your blog, i came across one really disgusting comment. It was posted by a certain “Twakoowa” saying: who cares?.

    Please ignore people like that. Imagine such a Ugandans – they start a quarrel for no reason at all.

    Cheers!

    Mubiru.

  36. Rosella Chibambo permalink
    April 3, 2011 7:10 am

    Hello Rosebell,

    I am graduating from a journalism program in Ottawa, Canada and am looking forward to a two month internship in Rwanda from July to August.

    Though I will be interning at an arts magazine, I am interested in working on a couple of side research projects–one of which is learning a bit more about the role of female journalists in Rwanda and surrounding countries. I was wondering if you’d be interested in answering some questions I have on the subject. Extremely excited to go.

    Thanks for your time!

    Sincerely,
    Rosella Chibambo

    • rosebell permalink*
      April 4, 2011 10:44 am

      please send me an email. thanks

      • Rosella Chibambo permalink
        April 19, 2011 9:47 am

        Thank you so much for your reply. I can’t find an email on your page. My apologies if it’s somewhere obvious!

        Mine in rosellachibambo@gmail.com and I would love to speak with you about my project.

  37. Rodrigo Boluarte permalink
    April 19, 2011 12:03 am

    I have read your blog many times and i haven´t seen any reference to our goloco dances…..hahahah. Great work Rosita, very professional as always…..

  38. July 27, 2011 5:12 pm

    Dear Rosebell,

    I am writing from the Royal African Society in London as managing editor of our discussion site African Arguments http://www.africanarguments.org

    The intention of the site is to provide a forum for the serious analysis and discussion of contemporary African affairs with an emphasis on political life, and its impact on economic and developmental issues. The site is formally edited by Richard Dowden and Alex de Waal.

    Would you be able to help us promote the site by either mentioning it as a post on your own blog, include it in your blogroll, or perhaps send it out to any email or other social networks you might have access to?

    If you would like to know anything further about African Arguments then please let me know.

    Best Wishes,


    Magnus Taylor

    Editor

    http://www.africanarguments.org
    http://www.royalafricansociety.org

    Royal African Society
    36 Gordon Square
    London WC1H 0PD

  39. November 24, 2011 2:51 pm

    Rosebell,

    I just came across your blog and read through it for the last hour – oh my word I love your writing and the work you do.
    Would you be kind to send me your email address – I’d love to share with you something.

    I hope you find this in order.

    Regards
    Petunia
    South Africa

  40. January 27, 2012 8:01 pm

    Hi, please read my book “The Price of Stones” Twesigye Jackson Kaguri. We need more human rights advocates in Uganda.
    We were both listed as Africans to follow in Social Media. That’s how I found your name.

    • rosebell permalink*
      January 27, 2012 8:04 pm

      is it available in Uganda?

  41. February 15, 2012 10:59 am

    Dear Ms. Kagumire,

    I am writing to request an interview with you, via Skype, regarding your life as a journalist covering social issues in East Africa. As part of my journalism curriculum at Columbia College Chicago, I am taking an international reporting class in which our professor gave us free reign on parts of the world to cover for our class blog; I chose to write about the state of affairs in East Africa. One of our assignments is to interact (through social media tools) with journalists and activists from our “beat.” I would very much appreciate it if you could share your insight and experiences reporting on important issues that have come to shape the world in which we live. Your thoughts on the use of social media to disseminate valuable information would also be helpful.

    Any form of assistance will be greatly appreciated, Ms. Kagumire. I hope this message reaches you in good health and high spirits. Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Stephanie

  42. kate forbes permalink
    March 7, 2012 7:29 pm

    Hi – a fairly urgent message –
    Kate Forbes here @forbeesta on twitter – Would you mind sending me your email address as a DM? I’m putting together a radio piece on the #stopkony campaign and we’d like to add your voice. i’ll be recording tomorrow (thursday)
    Thanks

  43. March 8, 2012 2:28 pm

    Rosebell!

    Greetings from Juba, the capital of the word’s newest nation.

    Been closely following your stories on IPS. Great! Also glad to see a colleague and former classmate at university doing great!

    Your interview on BBC focus on Africa was fabulous. Keep it up!

    Uma

    • rosebell permalink*
      March 9, 2012 7:00 pm

      hey i sometimes come to juba we need to link up.

  44. March 9, 2012 12:45 am

    Hi Ms. Kagumire!

    My name is Danielle Vollono and I am a journalism major at Southern Connecticut State University. I know this may sound very cliche, but I am writing an article for my reporting and writing class on the Stop Kone campaign and I would love to have your opinion on it. It doesn’t have to be over the phone, or anything elaborate, just a few sentences over email regarding your feelings towards it. It would mean so much!! Thank you! :) My email is Vollonod1@owls.southernct.edu

  45. Steve Crockett permalink
    March 9, 2012 6:27 pm

    Your comments on Kony2012 were very informative. I understand your concerns but here I am learning more about a conflict that I had no knowledge of two days ago.
    The creators of this film have used the enormous power of human compassion to shine a spotlight on an issue. Yes, they have simplified it. Yes, they have pandered to the people of North America and Europe. But 50+ million people (over the past few days) see children’s lives destroyed and want to know what they can do.
    This is an enormous opportunity for people, like yourself, who are immersed in the reality of the situation to educate the world and direct their passion and outrage to do something positive.

  46. Lydia permalink
    March 9, 2012 9:29 pm

    Hi Rose! I was just forwarded your youtube post on Kony. So glad to see your recent work is getting attention! Send me an email when you are able. Would love to catch up.

  47. March 10, 2012 12:14 am

    Hi Rosebell,

    I’ve just subscribed to your blog. Excellent work. You eloquently stated what was in my mind about this K.2012 initiative. I will be in Kampala and Lira in the next few weeks and wondered if we might speak about the work the Unity Project is doing to mobilize the capacity of young people in the north. I woudl love your take on it. You can get a look at what we’re up to at:http://www.johnwoodall.net/2011/12/01/the-unity-project-uganda/

    I look forward to reading your blog, and perhaps having the chance to meet.

    Cheers,

    John

  48. Germa A. permalink
    March 10, 2012 11:18 am

    Hello Rose,

    Although I already had my reservations about the misleading Kony 2012 campaign, I am most pleased that this form of online activism leads me to a more informed perception on the matter. I feel there is a great need for intelligent partnerships between American activists and Ugandan activists to best campaign the needs of the country. Additionally, these campaigns must empower the people of Uganda first before they empower foreigners.

    Now is a great chance to refocus American charities in Africa (and other parts of the world) to remind them that although they come with essential aid, they do not have all the answers. These charities are essential in helping to rebuild lives in countries where living is uncertain, but these aid efforts are having trouble maintaining long-term results, as many issues are not being addressed. Firstly, long-term plans and discussions will need to be in place. As Steve Crockett mentions above, we need to direct our passion for change to a more educated path.

    Thank you for keeping us aware on the issue and other issues on your blog. The more I read your stuff, the more I am encouraged to keep working hard to use my skills in a way that will benefit my communities.

    Best wishes,
    Germa

    • rosebell permalink*
      March 10, 2012 2:10 pm

      Thanks a lot. great vibes and seeing that many people understand what a 21st century engagement in Africa ought to be. Thanks for your work. Peace!

  49. March 10, 2012 5:04 pm

    Rosebell, I have watched you response to the Kony 2012 video. I can’t thank you enough to have commented on it. In my city of Montreal people are organizing a group to raise awareness by purchasing merchandise off Invisible Children and parading the streets of the city while they put posters where ever they can.

    The police are aware of that event and will be taking action, and now people don’t seem to know what they are getting themselves into.

    Hopefully more will see that the situation isn’t exactly as described in Kony 2012.

    I had been keeping up with the Breakdance Project Uganda organisation, and I see the positive change it’s brought forth to the children. I am sure there are others who are helping to build a stronger community in Uganda.

    Good luck in your future endeavors.

  50. Tony Atterbury permalink
    March 11, 2012 6:30 pm

    Hello Rose,
    I do not understand why you are so dismissive of Kony2012. Don’t you think it is about time we engage the world to demand change in Africa? Kony2012 is one powerful way to accomplish that. I and most of the people in my neighborhood and may I say a whole bunch of people were not aware of this issue untill Kony2012. Because of this video more people are begin to understand how easy we can effect changes in the world. As an African American, I cannot begin to fathom the reason why Africa is not on par with Europe’s development. Don’t the so called leaders of Africa recognize this? Let us suypport the idea of Kony2012.
    -Tony, Brooklyn, NY

  51. March 11, 2012 7:42 pm

    Dear Rosebell,

    I came across your blog after reading up on the new Kony 2012 campaign and reactions to it. I found your video response to the Kony2012 campaign most interesting.I have had a strong personal and political interest in northern Uganda, the origins of conflict and the contemporary situation, for a long time now.

    I am a postgraduate student of International Relations at the London School of Economics, and one of my research areas is the introduction of international criminal justice in active conflict zones, which led me to use northern Uganda as a case study in my undergraduate dissertation and an article that I recently submitted to an academic journal. I examined the impact of the International Criminal Court on the Juba Talks, posing the question of did the ICC investigation help or hinder the Ugandan peace process. This topic is one on which I am planning to pursue doctoral research in the future.

    I would very much appreciate it if you could share your opinion on this topic with me, and we can exchange our memory-banks! I have researched the Ugandan conflict extensively for the last four years or so, but not being from the region at all (I’m British) I lack the local knowledge and have never been to Uganda. If it would be possible for you to read my article on the ICC and the Juba Talks, I would greatly appreciate that but it is fairly long and I imagine you have a busy schedule.

    You can reach me by this email address matthew.bywater@lineone.net

    Best regards,

    Matthew Bywater

  52. Jacob Cooney permalink
    March 12, 2012 6:58 am

    Hello Rosebell, my name is jake cooney, I am a high school student in Skaneateles, NY. Like almost every boy and girl in my school, I was moved and motivated by the kony 2012 campaign, even going as far as to donate to the cause. Initially I had thoughts of helping the campaign in my local community consulting teachers, and my superiors. However, after looking into the subject and doing further research I came across your video. It made me rethink my initial thought, and question my own motives (wanting to be a hero). I do want to do something to aid or help, because I still believe that even though Joseph Kony may not be the only problem, raising awareness on him could help raise awareness and aid on the surrounding areas. I would very much appreciate if you could contact me back and further help me, my email is jakecooney7@yahoo.com.
    Thank you for anything you can do, Jacob Cooney

  53. March 12, 2012 1:40 pm

    Hi Rosebell,
    I’m Dhamini, a journalist for The Times of India. I’d like to speak with you on a story I’m writing on the Kony video. Would you please be send me your mail id via a DM on Twitter? I’m @dhamini and the deadline for the piece is Thursday. Looking forward to speaking to you. Thanks.

  54. Gianne Middleton permalink
    March 14, 2012 1:33 am

    Hello Rosebell,

    I am a senior student at the University of California Los Angeles. In light of the current social media phenomenon surrounding the Kony 2012 Campaign I have created a Google + page in order to prompt UCLA student discussion around the topic through engaging in a dialogue of support, critique and suggested solutions.

    This page acts as an informative newsfeed including thought provoking articles, videos and blog posts both supporting and criticizing the campaign and ways to donate to the cause. Providing UCLA students with background information on the complex governmental processes of Uganda.

    I wanted to contact you to inquire whether you would be willing to post and/or promote the + page Kony 2012 UCLA page with your personal opinion and insights.

    The main goal is to get as many people to follow the page as possible in order to spark an intelligent discussion which could reveal interesting facts about the campaign mainstream media may have missed.

    If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

    Below you will find the link to the Google Plus page:

    https://plus.google.com/111898544799444901014/

    Best,

    Gianne Middleton

  55. March 17, 2012 4:09 pm

    Rosebell, its a pleasure that you’re doing which ever is possible to change not only Uganda but the rest of east africa’s conflict flourished area. few of your kind exist in the land. it would be better if you incorporated some willing youths in such a program because there are many out here willing to join you for the cause of peace in the country. its now the responsibility of young people of this generation to sacrifice efforts like you so as to create a peaceful once pearl of africa. many people such as kivumbi ernest would be willing to join but cordination have to be streamlined to achieve this coz there is no way you can achieve this single handedly. otherwise i appreciate your efforts and encourage you to continue as the big prize awaits from the almighty.
    johnathan kirya
    kampala university gabba.

  56. Ashley brunner permalink
    March 19, 2012 12:49 am

    You were reported to say in regard to western aid that it was an outsider trying to be a hero rescuing African children. As an ordinary Australian citizen, trying to be a responsible human being, I contribute regularly to an aid organisation, World Vision, child sponsor program. Are you critical of these sorts of programs? If so myself and others would be interested to know so that we can all be sure well intentioned donations are used in the best possible way. in

  57. Erica permalink
    March 19, 2012 1:05 pm

    Thank you for your interesting and valuable blog. I am a teacher from Sweden that let my students read your blogposts for a discussion about the film Kony 2012. You give important response to a film I personally consider as a joke.
    But my students very taken away from the film and I felt that they needed to hear an Ugandian voice explaining the problem with this film. You do this thoughtfully and wisely and my student came up with a good discussion afterwards.

    Thank you!

  58. Vera Verhoef permalink
    March 21, 2012 7:25 pm

    Dear Rosebell,

    I’m a Dutch student and I am writing an academic paper on how the “Kony 2012″ campaigns have brought awareness not just to Kony and the LRA itself, but also to other issues like the mysterious “nodding disease” in the northern part of Uganda. I have read some of your pieces and about what you have done. It would be absolutely amazing if you could answer some of my questions for me.
    Could you please get back to me?

    Sincerely,
    Vera Verhoef
    15
    The Netherlands

  59. March 30, 2012 4:39 pm

    Keep up the Good works, I always follow your tweets.

  60. Fatima Muneer permalink
    April 2, 2012 9:01 pm

    Hi Rosebell,

    I hope this finds you well. I am a friend of Mohammed Ademo who goes to school at Columbia with me. I am writing a story on comparing how the Kony 2012 hype was portrayed on the Ugandan media as opposed to the American media. I was wondering if I could send you a list of interview questions for you to answer on this topic?

    Please let me know and best wishes,

  61. April 3, 2012 7:00 am

    Dear Ms. Kagumire,

    My name is Ella Nilsen; I am a student journalist for Main Street Magazine. We are a student publication at the University of New Hampshire, and I am writing a feature on the Kony 2012 for our upcoming issue. I would like to interview you for this piece and would love to include your perspective. I can be contacted through email or on Twitter @ella_nilsen.

    Sincerely,

    Ella Nilsen

  62. April 28, 2012 12:40 am

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  64. May 13, 2012 6:36 am

    Dear Rosabell,

    We run a website in India called the feministsindia.com. We have been following your posts for some time now. We would like for you to guestblog on our site. Please do check out our site and let us know how we can discuss this further.

    Best Regards

    Supriya Madangarli

  65. Joe Myers permalink
    September 11, 2012 3:34 pm

    Dear Ms Kagumire,

    I follow your blog and tweets with great interest. I am a student from the UK writing my dissertation on the violence in the Eastern DRC, the conflict tactics, refugee issues and the use of rape and child soldiers in the war.

    I was wondering whether you would have the time to discuss these topics with me further or to offer me some lines of contact through which I may further my study?

    Many thanks and I very much look forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Myers

    Myersjaf@yahoo.co.uk
    +447514332470
    @jafmyers

  66. September 17, 2012 7:34 pm

    hello,
    rosebell thank you for the work that you are doing ,am edwin mumbere working with My Ugandan Child where we are currently working on a project concerning early marriage ,early pregnancies among school going girls under the age of 18 . so please we would like to associate with you in terms of sharing information and linking the organization to those who support the cause.
    http://www.myugandanchild.webs.com
    http://www.facebook.com/My Ugandan Child
    #Myugandanchild1
    thank you

  67. October 5, 2012 2:09 pm

    Thanks for this blog and the great work you are doing. I like your profile.

  68. Sabrina Proske permalink
    December 12, 2012 6:53 pm

    Hello Rosebell,
    Iam a student producer from the prestegious Film Academy in Ludwigsburg. (www.filmakademie.de).
    My team and I are working on an interactive project called “global conflicts”, focused on Uganda.

    Since the issues are all sensitive and compley, I guess it would help us to get more input from a person who actually lives there and has a global voice, in order to avoid misunderstanding and wrong coverage.

    We would be very happy if you are interested in our project. So far,
    can I send you our concept?

    Hope to you hear from you soon.
    best regards,
    Sabrina Proske

    • rosebell permalink*
      January 3, 2013 1:21 pm

      Thanks for the contact. I would like to learn more from your work. Am sure there are also other resource people who can be of help. thanks

  69. Damaris permalink
    May 30, 2013 1:01 pm

    Hello Rosebell,

    my name is Damaris Maria and I am a postgraduate student in the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies Master’s Program. At the moment I am writing my master’s thesis on blogs written by African women that deal with topics of gender equality and women’s empowerment. My aim is to shed light on a discourse that is in my view often underrepresented in western feminist discussions where voices from women of color in general and from African women in particular remain often either unheard or misunderstood. My particular research interests are the concepts of gender equality of female African bloggers and their relationships to western feminism.

    I found your blog following the blogrolls of other blogs that were listed in blog search engines. Your blog is one of eleven blogs that I am going to analyze for my master’s thesis with a content analysis. I chose your blog because it is very elaborate and talks about many topics related to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

    Of course I would also be very interested in your direct opinion on your blogging activity and issues of gender equality. For that, it would be very kind of you if you could help me by filling out the questionnaire following this link https://www.umfrageonline.com/s/81410d5 . The questionnaire consists of 23 questions and some of them can be answered very quickly. If you prefer, we could also make an appointment for a Skype talk.

    Your answers will of course only be used for academic purposes. You can indicate in the last question whether it would be ok for you if I link your answers with your blog name (not your real name of course) in my master’s thesis or whether you want your answers to be completely anonymous. Please answer before the 15th of June so that your answers can be included in the thesis.

    If you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you very much for you precious time!

    Your’s sincerely,

    Damaris Maria

  70. October 3, 2013 2:36 am

    Hey Rosebell,

    I am doing a blog assignment on you for my international studies class. I go to Douglas College in British Columbia, Canada and am going to Uganda next year in April for 3 months to do my practicum. I was just wondering how long you have done this particular blog for and how many posts you have done?

    • rosebell permalink*
      October 3, 2013 8:19 pm

      Over 250 posts. i had this blog on wordpress for 4 yrs but used host it elsewhere

  71. December 11, 2013 10:00 am

    Hi Rosebell,

    I really enjoy your blog. I’m a freelance journalist working on a story about Shanita Namuyimbwa, or Bad Black, for Vice.com. I believe her story offers an interesting and timely entry point into several larger issues. Would you be willing to answer a few questions on the subject?

    Thank you!

    Lauren

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