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A Ugandan River Guide on Saving the Nile’s Rapids

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Juma Via Kalikwani is the director of operations for Nile River Explorers, a rafting company in Jinja, Uganda. Kalikwani became friends with the first rafters on the Victoria Nile as a young boy and worked his way up through the ranks of NRS to his current role. The river now faces a threat: the Isimba Dam, which is being built on the Nile. Of the three proposed dam heights, only one would spare the rapids and consequent rafting and tourism industry that Kalikwani and other local Ugandans depend on. In Juma of Itanda, this video from Tommy Penick, Kalikwani talks about what losing the rapids will mean to him. You can follow Penick on Facebook here and on Instagram here.