Prospects to end the two-decade war between the Ugandan government and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) hang in the balance, raising anxiety for those affected.
Hostilities have forced over one million people to flee their homes and villages. And for the majority, living in a camp is a desperate substitute.
“As war came, people ran,” explains Just Alengo, 56, leader of Attiak camp near the southern Sudanese border. “We came here thinking we would stay a few months. But we are still here.”
I think sometimes of how we take life for granted. There is so much of despair, war, famine around us ………. and yet here we are on the speed path of life : where we take life,
health, love and so much else for granted. Are we really living or are we just ‘moving on’.
It makes me feel intensely sad when I think of how caught up we are with ‘moving on’. We run, run, run: work, money, family, property and the little bits of entertainment, relaxation and love interspersed. Alas will we every pause and see where we really are going and wether we are making our own lives worthy and full!!! There is a desire deep down to do something ‘satisfactory’. But thats so elusive that one wouldn’t know what that something is ………and when we would ever get to do it.
In pictures: Life for Uganda’s war displaced