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Uganda's IDPs a Legacy of War

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009

KAMPALA, Uganda -- The bus destined for Gulu in northern Uganda hums and vibrates, its black exhaust pouring into Kampala's deserted downtown streets, as a woman draped in a green dress stands up in front and calls for a prayer.

Years ago, when Joseph Kony and his band of abducted child soldiers were still looting, maiming and terrorizing the north, prayer for this journey was essential. Yet three years after Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) were routed from northern Uganda -- chased into isolated stretches of jungle in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR) -- prayer no longer carries the same urgency. ...

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