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Thomson Reuters Foundation

John Okot is a freelance contributor from Uganda for the Thomson Reuters Foundation

January 19, 2023

Ugandan environmental campaigner Judith Bero-Irwoth has spent years warning of the risks of a planned crude oil pipeline and its impact on communities in the west of the country.

Protests by activists like Bero-Irwoth have ramped up in the Albertine Graben region and the capital, Kampala, in recent years since France's TotalEnergies and China National Offshore Oil Corporation struck deals to develop Uganda's oil fields.