Uganda is well known as the alcoholism capital of Africa, and its people’s favourite drink is a moonshine called waragi. In 2004, the World Health Organization declared Uganda to be the top contender in per capita alcohol consumption in the world, and since then those numbers have only increased. This was a concerning discovery, especially when they found out that people were going blind or even dying from drinking waragi that had been tampered with dangerous industrial chemicals.
In light of this shocking information, Vice team decided to investigate further by travelling to Uganda to make and sample some waragi first hand. With their unique perspective on current events and documentary-style approach to storytelling, they managed to capture the true story behind this potent moonshine – from its production process all the way to how it affects everyday Ugandans.
If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating subject and hearing firsthand accounts from those affected by it, we highly recommend watching Vice’s documentary about Uganda’s moonshine culture. It’s an eye-opening insight into a harsh reality many are facing in one of the poorest countries in Africa.