Patience Akumu

Patience Akumu is a Features writer with the Observer newspaper in Uganda. She is the winner of the David Astor Journalism Award 2013 and is on a fellowship programme with The Independent. She was nominated for her work on human rights, ranging from women’s rights to lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

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The leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony

Joseph Kony’s child army and the ivory trade that pays its bills

Once, the Lord’s Resistance Army preyed on elephants for food in the bush, but now it is ‘white gold’ they seek

Unlikely threat: oil in the reserves

Drilling in a Ugandan national park is having a negative effect on its elephants

From Uganda to Britain: Life was much better before I started to think about the pain of hunger

Since arriving in Britain, one thing I have failed to wrap my head around is the fact that there is poverty, homelessness and hunger in the developed world, just like in Africa

Political posters by the anonymous Syrian artists poster collective Alshaab alsori aref tarekh ('The Syrian People Know Their Way). An image of Assad on a Wanted-style poster

The hopes of Syria's protests shine through in new Hackney art exhibition

A father tries to shield his daughter from blood splattering on them from every corner. Necks snap, heads are severed and women give birth to guns and knives instead of children. Yet even amongst the violence, children play, women pray and men sing songs of hope.

British theatre producer David Cecil waving from a court cell at the Makindye Court on September 13, 2012 in Kampala, after being arrested for staging a play about a gay man despite a temporary ban by the country's media authorities

Thrown out of Africa for staging a gay play – but desperate to return again

A British film producer deported to the UK is fighting to get back to his family in Uganda

The manhunt for Sejusa has been seized upon by opponents of the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, pictured, who has received extensive political and financial support from various British governments

General wanted over Ugandan memo leak now hiding in Britain

Sejusa’s lawyer is sceptical his client could receive a fair hearing when he goes home

The African revolution begins with gay rights

The people may not understand the principle of indivisibility of human rights, but it is plain to see that intolerance of one group leads to intolerance of another

An adult male elephant looks up at a helicopter in a remote area of South Sudan, where the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in partnership with South Sudan's Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism is attaching GPS-satellite collars to elephants to help understand movement patterns and to monitor and protect them

Illegal ivory trade 'funding Lord's Resistance Army rebels'

The Lord's Resistance Army has resorted to elephant poaching in order to fund its activities, according to human rights organisations.

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