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Title:Healing the wounds of the northern Uganda insurgency
Author:Bongyereirwe, HenryISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Media Studies (ISSN 1751-7974)
Geographic term:Uganda
Lord's Resistance Army
pictorial works (form)
Abstract:War has raged in northern Uganda for the last two decades. The conflict between rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony, and the government of President Yoweri Museveni has left hundreds dead and many more maimed. According to a recent count, nearly two million have been displaced by the insurgency. As a result of this conflict, many inhabitants of northern Uganda fled their homes to live in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in appalling conditions. Women and children have been at the heart of the suffering. Child abductions were the order of the day in the region. Most children today testify how they were forced by the rebels to fight and commit atrocities. Many girls have been raped and others have been forcefully married to the rebels. However, reconstruction efforts are now underway following a series of peace negotiations between the two warring parties. Government, civil society, donor agencies and media institutions are joining the northern Uganda reconstruction campaign. This visual essay presents images of reconstruction efforts that are normally absent in mainstream media. It is concerned with showing the resilience of the human spirit. Ref., sum. [Journal abstract]