Uganda, the heart of Africa, is one of the worlds poorest countries. After suffering from a 22 year civil war, Uganda is now in recovery.

The War

President Yoweri Museveni used Uganda's military to battle the 2 main rebel groups, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Thousands of children fell victim to the war, abducted by both the LRA and the ADF to serve as fighters or porters. As the conflict between the Government of Uganda (GOU) forces and armed insurgent groups intensified in late 1996, the GOU military began encouraging rural people in affected areas to move into protective camps. However, the military provided only a short period for the move and undertook little preparation for the influx of people to the protective camps.

People in the Uganda districts of Gulu, Kitgum and Pader continued to be terrorized by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army. They were victims of brutal attacks and kidnappings by the rebel group. The main victims of the LRA had been the Acholi people of northern Uganda. More than a million Acholi had moved to protected camps. As a result, they had not been able to plant their crops and hunger was widespread.

Forty-eight people were hacked to death near the town of Kitgum in the far north of Uganda on 25 July 2002. Local newspaper reports said elderly people were killed with machetes and spears, and babies were flung against trees. Ugandans were shocked by the brutality of the latest attack by the rebel LRA.

The LRA  was started by Joseph Kony, who was born into a prominent family that worked to bring down the government in Uganda. He believes he is a spokesperson for God. Joseph Kony has lead the LRA to commit unspeakable and inhumane acts. LRA has killed, looted, tortured, and misplaced many. They burn villages and take children, forcing them to join the LRA. Young girls are taken and used as sex slaves for the soldiers. The youth of the LRA are known as the invisible children. The children of Uganda have never known hope, they've never known peace and they've never known what it's like to feel safe. Children are robbed from their childhoods and  turned into ruthless killers. Often, kids are given cocaine so that the addiction keeps them from escaping.
What's Joseph's motive? He simply want's to rebuild Uganda's government off the 10 commandments.

Joseph hasn't only destroyed today's Uganda, but the future generations of Uganda too. People live in fear. Civilians migrated to government protected camps. Because of that, there was no time for agriculture. There is no food or water or medical supplies. There's no education either. And the camps that were to be protected didn't always do the job and ended up being just as unsafe. A peace treaty was signed in 2006.

Post War

Now, people who became displaced during the war are returning to their homes. Uganda is trying to recover but there's nothing to build off of. Because of years of little agriculture, there is no food, the water is contaminated and diseases are spreading. Because of the scarce contaminated water, civilians are having a hard time rebuilding towns and farms. How could a country just get back on their feet after a 22 year genocide? The people of Uganda need your help. Make a donation today and help!

Author, Ishmael Beah was a child soldier in Sierra Leone. When he was 18, he moved to New York from a refugee camp.Read his biography A Long Way Gone. His story is amazing.Joseph Kony with some of his child soldiers.Uganda's beautiful country side.Joseph Kony
When the power of love over comes the love of power, the world will know peace. ~Jimi Hendrix
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