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Salome Alweny

Salome is a reporter at Monitor Publications Limited in Uganda.

She has a background in environmentalism, with a degree in Environmental Management from Makerere University in Kampala.

Why did you decide to change from environmentalism to journalism?

All my life I have dreamed of doing something for my country. I dreamt of influencing policies, but more importantly teaching a wider group of people how to live sustainable lives in harmony with the environment. I knew the only way to teach men and women in my country would be through the media – that’s why I chose to follow this path.

Why do you find it important to cover development issues?

I decided to report about development because everything in the world seems to be changing. I see a need for guidance so that development takes place without causing harm to the environment – on which we all depend for our livelihood. In Uganda, as we strive to industrialise – for instance when we adopt biofuel as replacement for fossil fuel – the question we must always ask is how we can do so without threatening fragile ecosystems like forests and wetlands. I believe journalism serves to educate and inform the public about issues that affect them – and to advocate for sound and favourable policies that benefit every citizen.

Journalism by Salome Alweny

Landless and exposed to the elements


Uganda's Batwa communities have been marginalised for decades. Now they are struggling to cope with extreme weather conditions, and want better homes to protect them from storms and landslides.