Seeds of Peace

Uganda: Key Facts

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By Ben de la Cruz
washingtonpost.com
Friday, July 25, 2008; 6:51 PM

  • Nearly two million people were displaced at the height of the civil war. (Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), May 2008)
  • About 48% of the total camp population (1.2 million at the end of 2005) remain in camps in the Acholi and Teso regions of northern Uganda. (Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), May 2008)
  • In the Acholi region, where most of the fighting took place, 18% have returned to their original home villages and another 33% are in transit camps. (Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), May 2008)
  • An estimated 1,000 people were dying each week in the IDP camps mainly due to malnutrition, AIDS, malaria and diarrhea, according to a 2005 report by the World Health Organization. (Source: World Health Organization (WHO), 2005)
  • At least 66,000 people between the ages of 14 and 30 have been abducted by the rebel group Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) during the two decades of the civil war in northern Uganda. (Source: Survey of War Affected Youth (SWAY), April 2008)
  • The International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants in 2005 for Joseph Kony and four senior leaders of the LRA for Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes committed in Uganda since July 2002.
  • The LRA continues to abduct children in neighboring Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Southern Sudan. (Source: Betty Bigombe, Distinguised Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, July 2008)


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