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By Okot Benard Kasozi (Published 25th September 2017)

On 28th August 2017, I received a phone call from a war victims’ representative in Moyo, a district located on the border with South Sudan approximately 470 kilometers northwest of Uganda’s capital city Kampala. He was concerned about the daunting number of people in the district/sub-region living with as yet untreated war injuries sustained during violent armed insurgency over the period 1995-1998. More than twenty years later he still hoped the victims might be assisted to recover and heal from the untreated visible and invisible war wounds.

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By Francis Okot Oyat (Published on 13th September 2017)

In many African countries confronted with escalating conflict, protection issues of children remain a major challenge. UNHCR says children make up to 62% of the 1.8 million people displaced by fighting in South Sudan, and more than 75,000 unaccompanied minors have fled to Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. (Sudan Tribune, 18th May 2017).  In conflict situations children are exposed to a wide range of abuses, including defilement, abduction and forceful recruitment into military forces or groups, sexual slavery and exploitation leading to early pregnancy and early parenthood, brutal murder of adults creating unaccompanied and orphaned children, torture and physical brutality, and forceful displacement. Refugee children with limited physical and psychological capacity to support themselves continue to add to the numbers of those who lose their lives in preventable circumstances. 

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By Onen David Ongwech (Published 10th July 2017)

I recently found my commitment to tackling conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) reinvigorated when I took an important trip to Bath College’s New Perspectives exhibition on June 20, 2017 to support a magnificent piece of art on display which illuminates the plight of male survivors of CRSV. This trip came ahead of the World Refugee Day, Uganda Solidarity Refugee Summit on Refugees, and UN Day Against Torture. The art I found in Bath honors the resilience of asylum seekers and refugees following experiences of terror, brutality and oppression. 

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