Why Uganda needs help

Why Uganda needs help

Political and historical background

A war that made soldiers out of children and mothers out of girls. A war, where entire families were traumatized and many people became refugees. A war that has serious consequences for the population.

Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa, where over 40 peoples live together. Uganda belonged to the UK until 962. Since then, but particularly from 1966 to 1986, under the overnments of Milton Obote and Idi Amin, the country was exposed to a totalitarian government. Violence, serious violation of human rights, radical “African socialization”, persecution, the murder of oppositional groups and economic decline followed.

Under Idi Amin all the inhabitants of Asian descent were finally expelled. Under Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (from 1986 until now) there have been further violations of human rights. The country was repeatedly involved in military disputes with neighboring countries. Human rights violations and the recruitment of child soldiers were and are still the order of the day.
Since 1986, the war between the “Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)” and the Ugandan army has dominated northern Uganda; Almost the entire population of rural areas was expelled. It was not until mid-2006 that a truce allowed people to return to their villages.

Despite a certain calming and some economic recovery in the south and the middle of the country through export of coffee and also gold, in the northern border provinces, travel warnings of foreign representatives for tourists still remain.

Today, Uganda is one of the 22 poorest countries on earth. In addition to that, experts believe that due to climate change in Uganda, coffee cultivation will no longer be possible there within a few years.