Archive: Northern Uganda Conflict
In April 2008, journalists, diplomats, and government officials all waited on the Sudan-Congo border for rebel warlord Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, to appear and sign the final peace treaty. He did not, and lasting peace remains elusive in northern Uganda. The LRA is now active in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kony's whereabouts remain unknown.
At the height of the conflict between the Ugandan government and rebels Lord's Resistance Army, more than two million people were displaced, forced into squalid camps and dependent on handouts from donors. Now, despite the failed peace talks, people are starting to rebuild homes closer to their original villages, the central town of Gulu is coming back to life, but the legacy of three generations living in a war zone remains. Children born of couplings from abducted civilians and LRA commanders are still discriminated against, and few economic opportunities exist for them or other ethnic Acholis in the region.