Arika Long


Tragically, Uganda is a primary example of a country dominated by terror and human rights violations. In a 2006 interview with Integrated Regional Information Networks IRIN, the news department of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland, called the conflict in Uganda “the worst form of terrorism in the world.” Defining terrorism as indiscriminate violence against civilians, he declares that nowhere in the world is there a more concentrated area where so many people are being terrorized, and have been for such a long period of time. According to UNOCHA, the conflict in northern Uganda has forced some 1.7 million people—close to 90 percent of the region’s population—to leave their homes for the relative safety of about 200 camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) scattered around the region.

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