• Authored By: Alon Mwesigwa
29 Jul 2021

Uganda is going through the toughest lockdown since being hit by the second wave of COVID-19 in May 2021. As part of the measures to stop the spread of the virus, President Yoweri Museveni placed the country back into lockdown with devastating impacts on businesses and many lives. Our field photo essay looks at how Kampala fared.

Nakasero Market in Kampala. Ordinary Ugandans especially women who work in the market must sleep there because of restrictions placed on transport means but also fear that their movements can spread the virus.

 

Rotten carrots: The restrictions on travel mean fewer customers make it to the markets. Vendors have incurred immense losses as a result of rotting perishables

 

For many vendors dealing in perishables, the last 42 days have been a nightmare.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a toll on education. This community school in a modest neighbourhood in Kampala will not open again. Teachers at the school informed us it has become impossible to operate again.

 

Street vending in Kampala
Even with lockdown, some people could not afford to stay home. This street vendor in Kampala said she had to break rules to fend for her family.

 

handwashing
Handwashing point. Ordinary people endeavored to follow standard operating procedures to stem the spread of the virus.

 

Watch views from ordinary people on COVID-19 restrictions impact

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