What About Us? The Exclusion of Urban IDPs From Uganda's IDP Related Policies and Interventions (Dec 2007)

Violent conflict between the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has plagued northern Uganda for the past 20 years. At its peak, the conflict displaced at least two million people,many of whom fled to or were forced into notoriously unsafe and inhumane camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) known as “protected villages”............ then the ongoing exclusion and marginalisation of urban-based IDPs from these return processes will be problematic for subsequent transitional justice and reintegration processes as envisaged under the Accountability and Reconciliation Agreement signed by the Government of Uganda (GoU) and  the LRA.
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Rapid Assessment of Population Movement in Gulu and Pader

This briefing paper presents preliminary analysis of research conducted with IDPs in Gulu and Pader in 16 “new settlement” and “decongestion” sites in six different sub-counties from 12-22 May 2007. The research team used a combination of forty-two in-depth one-on-one interviews and ten focus group discussions with IDPs. Additional interviews were also conducted with key government  and agency officials in the said districts. While a rapid assessment cannot claim tomake a definitive statement on the situation, the intention of this briefing is to shed light on dynamics surrounding population movement, in order to better understand  what the decongestion and resettlement sites represent, and to raise issues requiring further investigation.
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"Only Peace Can Restore the Confidence of the Displaced"

Update on the implementation of the recommendations made by the United Nations Secretary-General's Representative on Internally Displaced Persons following his visit to Uganda. Report commissioned by Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) 2nd Edition, October 2006
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Portrait of a Failed Rebellion: An Account of Rational, Sub-optimal Violence in Western Uganda

Our analysis examines the violence in a failed, peripheral rebellion in western Uganda and finds that the brutality was premeditated; however the gains to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels were not military. Instead, we argue that anti-civilian violence in western Uganda stems from the financier-insurgentrelationship that promoted a high level of violence in response to divergent interests, unequal access to information, and contracting limitations. In other words, civilians were victimized in order that the ADFcould keep their outside funding.
Rationality and Society Vol. 17 No. 1, February 2005
Lucy Hovil & Eric Werker      Download this publication

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