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As Peace Process Shows Gains, Northern Uganda Must Not Be Forgotten

Monday, Sept. 10, 2007

KAMPALA, Uganda -- Northern Uganda has been mired in violent conflict for over 20 years. And though it rarely receives as many headlines as nearby fighting in Darfur, Somalia, or even Eastern Congo, the war in Northern Uganda, one of Africa's longest running conflicts and humanitarian disasters, is inching toward a possible resolution.

In Juba, Southern Sudan, negotiators from the government of Uganda and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) recently signed the third phase of a five-part peace agreement. The progress is important, but the government of Uganda and its Western sponsors still have much to answer for. Even if peace is officially declared, resolving the humanitarian crisis in the North will be no easy task. ...

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