Thousands from Uganda desperate to go to Iraq during the most privatized war in history.The Ugandan government says more than 10,000 men and women are working as private security guards for multibillion dollar companies protecting airports, army bases, and oil firms in Iraq.
One guard back in Uganda for a month after protecting areas in Monsul and Baghdad told reporters: “It’s not like Uganda. You sweat and sweat and sweat,” says a former soldier in the Ugandan Army. “It is the most dangerous place in the world. It’s even worse than Congo.”
Many reports have claimed this is a form of slavery. However, one Ugandan says it’s not like before:”Unlike in the past when there was the slave trade, no company comes here and recruits anyone against their wishes. It is willing worker, willing employer,” Mr. Rukutana says. “If anyone thinks the conditions there are bad or that he is going to be exploited, no one is compelling him to go.” Rukutana says that only one Ugandan has been killed in Iraq, while others say more have died.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, the first Ugandans were sent to Iraq in late 2005.It says since then competition among developing countries in Africa and the Indian subcontinent, Uganda’s government has cut the minimum wage from $1,300 to $600 a month. In Iraq it is estimated that an American guard can make approximately $15,000 each month.