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Ugandans abandon refugee camps

Wild cheers rise from the crowd as the mud huts crumble to the ground, sending plumes of red dust into the blue sky. For thousands of Ugandans who called the cramped quarters home during one of Africa’s longest and most brutal wars, the demolitions offer hope in a country devastated by war. The government is closing several camps for those uprooted by fighting as a semblance of security returns and people finally are going home. “There is freedom now and you can really feel it in the atmosphere,” says Catherine Amal, a local government official in northern Uganda, the epicenter of a 20-year rebellion by the Lord’s Resistance Army. “People can trade, people can socialize. There is a lot of excitement about being free.” Full Story

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