Uganda at a Glance
The history of Uganda is characterized by divisions along political and ethnic lines that serve to both destabilize the country and stifle social and economic developments. After serving as a protectorate to the British Government from 1884 to 1962, ruthless dictator Idi Amin led a one-man genocide to slaughter the supporters of his competitors disrupting commerce and preventing development.
Since the 1980’s Joseph Kony, who proclaimed to be possessed by the spirit Lukwena, led the opposition of the government through his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). After losing support from most of the population, tired of the fighting and killing, he turned to kidnapping. Targeting the Acholi people of the North, Kony sent out what few followers he had left to kidnap children as young as five years old during the night in order to conscript them into his rebel ranks.
In an effort to protect civilians from Kony’s atrocities the government mandated over 1.8 million people to flee from their homes and move into internally displace person camps (IDPs) where conditions were often more violent and poverty ridden than before. In 2006 Kony and the Ugandan Government conducted peace talks in Juba, Sudan where after being one resolution away from ending the war, Kony fled into nearby Democratic Republic of the Congo in fear of being brought to justice by the International Criminal’s Court. Today, Kony is alive and well continuing his fight into Southern Sudan, Central African Republic, and DR Congo.
Africa Development Corps in Uganda
Africa Development Corps has been working in Uganda since 1991 and is currently contributing to the relief effort by working to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention as well as supporting education by building libraries and donating books. Supported volunteer positions are offered in Uganda.
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