Cry the Forgotten of Northern Uganda

Rector David Hodgson writes: I met this morning with the Reverend John Ochola from Gulu in Northern Uganda. He has been visiting Wokingham through contacts with St Sebastian’s Church. He spoke to me about the effects of the twenty year long armed insurgency which has been waged in his part of Uganda by the rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army. More than a million people have been displaced from their homes to live in crowded refugee camps; dependent on the World Food Programme. Thousands of children have been abducted and forced to become child soldiers. Children in the camps are dying of preventable diseases for lack of resources and access to medical help. Normal life has become a thing of the distant past for the Acoli people. John, who is Vicar of St Phillip’s Cathedral in Gulu, the Diocese of Northern Uganda, is on a mission to tell us about the chronic situation facing the people and the Church in his diocese.


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