Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Two Ugandas

The UN's IRIN service has a look at Uganda entitled One Country, Different Realities.

Crossing the River Nile to enter northern Uganda is more than just a visible example of the immense power of the world's longest river but is also a testimony to the divide between two versions of the same country – a war-ravaged north and a much more prosperous south.

While the south of Uganda has improved greatly during the 20 years of Yoweri Museveni's rule, the long civil war in the north of the country is home to arguably the most nightmarish conflict in the world today.

1.7 million people live a meagre, pitiful existence in overcrowded camps for the internally displaced. As a result of the insecurity plaguing the surrounding countryside, nature has reclaimed much of northern Uganda. Those living in camps scattered throughout the region - who are farmers by tradition - rely on food distributions from aid agencies, with inadequate access to clean water, proper sanitation and adequate healthcare.


At 6:52 PM, Blogger Anne said...

We the people of the Commonwealth come together to sign this petition to demand that the Commonwealth be held accountable to its own committments under the Harare Declaration of 1991. Two past elections in Uganda in 2001 and 2006 have returned the incumbent after violent campaigns and rigged results as ruled by Uganda's Supreme Court and observed by local and international election observers. Zimbabwe was suspended from the Commonwealth for electoral fraud and violence, yet Uganda will be honored by hosting CHOGM 2007. We demand equal treatment of all member states regardless of the color or race of their citizenry. Act Now!



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