By the Editor

Let Us Stop This Tree Carnage?Dear esteem readers, we regret to inform you that we could not publish the March and April editions of the Nile Journal due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to resume our regular monthly publication schedule from here on.

Since our last edition, not much has changed in this troubled  world. Wars within and between nations appear to be a constant. Currently, the war in the Sudan between former allies exemplifies the former while the nagging war in Ukraine is of the  latter type, both of which exact enormous loss of lives as well as destruction of infrastructures. The world also lives on edge in fear of nuclear bombs being used in desperation by some crazy leaders to prevent losing wars.

As if wars are not bad enough, other human activities are threatening not just to cause enormous environmental degradation but should human extinction if the trend continues unabated. Yet, some people stubbornly continue to break the environmental protection laws with impunity to pursue their personal interests at the expense of humanity. Even more reckless is the strident apathy of responsible officials to enforce the law. Instead, they are always quick to brutalize citizens who take actions to implement the law when they are fed up with deliberate government failure to protect the environment.

A good example is playing out in the citizens’ demand led by the former Aruu MP, Hon. Odonga Otto and the current MP of Kilak South, Hon. Gilbert Olanya to stop illegal deforestation in Northern Uganda, which is driven by the lucrative charcoal business now enticingly called the new black goal. However, not all is lost. The environmental protection activists are pushing forward to implement the ban on illegal deforestation despite illegal arrests on bogus charges, physical threats, attempted bribes, etc. to stop them. By fine tuning the struggle, they are also able to extract at least a tepid  government support though President Museveni claimed he was not properly informed by his intelligence and security agents about the problem.

Though deforestation in Northern Uganda may be peculiar because of its history, it requires the support of all environmental activists regardless of ethnicity, nationality, gender, etc. because the adverse consequences of deforestation can go far beyond the borders of the specific area. Also, all forms of support (financial, ideas, legal, demonstration, education, etc.) should be encouraged so long as they will help the effort to stop environmental degradation in northern Uganda and anywhere else.