UGANDA: Naked Repression

Of Uganda's dozen or so major tribes, none is poorer or more primitive than the Karamojong. Living on a 4,000-sq.-mi. stretch of sandy scrubland in the remote northeast, the 280,000 tribesmen know few tools other than their steel-bladed spears, live on little more than a mixture of curdled blood and milk, and have no wealth other than their thirsty herds. But much to the Karamoigongs' distress, all that really seems to disturb the reform-minded regime in far-off Kampala is the fact that they have no clothes.

Karamojong women may sport a beaded apron or cowhide mini-breech-cloth, but the men will...

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