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Rasheri is 4 years old and lives in Uganda.
I live with my mother and father in the Uganda - Kampala area. The primary language where I live is English. My mother and father are sometimes employed as farmers. At home, the chores and duties I'm responsible for are carrying water, gathering firewood, helping in the kitchen and running errands. I like art and/or drawing, ball games, dancing and group games. My favourite activity at church is Sunday school. My favourite activities at the centre are learning about God, singing songs, listening to Bible stories and snack and mealtime. I am not attending school because I am too young.
Uganda is a diverse country of forests, lakes, rivers, plains and mountains. The south, near Lake Victoria, is densely forested, while the north is open grassland. The Nile, as well as many other rivers and lakes, criss-crosses the countryside. Although it straddles the equator and is truly tropical, the country's high altitude moderates the climate.
Uganda is home to many ethnic groups, and its people are still mostly rural and engaged in agriculture. The largest populations live in the south of the country, and huge portions of the land are set aside as national parks and wildlife reserves. More than three-quarters of Ugandans are Christian; the rest are mostly Muslim. English is the official language, with Swahili used for commerce. Although there was a serious AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, since then, the infection rate has fallen by approximately 80 per cent.
Until the 19th century, Uganda was occupied by a number of Bantu and Nilotic peoples, the most recent of which was the kingdom of Buganda. Arab traders first visited in the 1840s, and Europeans first visited the area in 1862. A civil war, partly caused by religious divisions, resulted in the kingdom of Buganda becoming a British protectorate in 1894. Independence movements in the 1950s came to fruition in 1962 when Uganda was granted self-rule. In 1971, Idi Amin took control through a military coup, looting the country and killing his opponents during an eight-year reign of terror. A failed invasion of Tanzania resulted in the fall of his regime, but the restored civilian government was overthrown in 1985. The military government was again overthrown in 1986, and a new constitution was adopted in 1996.
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