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New Direction in Uganda's Old War

Government Arms Militia to Fight Rebels. The despondent-looking man with the smudged glasses moved gingerly through this squalid camp, home to 20,000 people and not a single health center. In a maze of tightly packed mud huts, smoldering pit latrines and dirt footpaths, children lay collapsed on the hot earth, their bellies swollen and sore from hunger, their hair yellowing from lack of protein, their noses raw and leaking. An entire generation of Ugandans in the north of the country is growing up in places like Pagak, 200 miles north of Kampala, the capital. An estimated 1.4 million of the country’s 25.8 million people are living in camps in northern and eastern Uganda. They fled their villages in waves to escape the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerrilla force that has terrorized the population for nearly two decades. Full Story

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