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Uganda. Reconciliation: drinking the sour and bitter Oput juice

Through their cultural and traditional justice system, Acholi people in northern Uganda address their intra-community problems. They call this process Mato Oput (the reconciliation process). In the Acholi traditional and cultural justice system, there are no denials, lies, or deceptions. Thus, whoever accepts to go through the process of truth-telling must tell the whole truth…

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Lord’s Resistance Army. The nightmare continues…

Almost thirty years after it started its rebellion in Northern Uganda, the Lord’s Resistance Army (Lra) led by Joseph Kony, continues to pose an important regional security threat in vast areas of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the two countries where it has been active after it left Uganda…

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Uganda – The Blessing ceremony

In the Karimojong group living in north-east Uganda, time is marked by ethnic seasonal festivals. ‘Akitocol’, is one of these, it is the eldersí feast: male youth make offerings of respect to the elderly (ngikasikou) in the form of meat. Karimojong individuals become official members and can have their say in the community after they…

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Uganda – Museveni’s military interventions

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President Museveni’s intervention in the South Sudan war on the side of President Salva Kiir has underlined the Ugandan leader’s penchant for military interventions in neighbouring countries with sometimes disastrous consequences. In addition to South Sudan, Ugandan troops are deployed in Somalia and Central African Republic. In the past they fought in the Democratic Republic…

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Uganda – Museveni eyeing EAC presidency

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Uganda is behind efforts to speed up the East African Community integration process which will ultimately lead to the formation of an East African Federation. The EAC, which comprises five countries: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania Rwanda and Burundi, was revived in 1999 after falling apart in 1977. The three founding states of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania…

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Uganda – Atuwa: Celebrating friendship

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Atuwa is a celebration among the Karimojong, an ethnic group of agro-pastoral herders living mainly in north-east Uganda. This feast is the most genuine expression of the African sense of brotherhood. In particular, it showcases Karimojong social traditions and lifestyle. The celebrations unfold between the September and November moons, at the end of the rainy…

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Uganda – A kind of missionary

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  Aboard a domestic flight, as I was contemplating on my 2010 new year’s resolution, my thoughts turned to an advertisement in the in-flight magazine. It was a call for volunteers to share skills and change lives as part of a non-governmental organization. Without hesitation, I sent in my application as I sensed that seeing…

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Uganda – A legend sleeps

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  With the passing of Fr Agostoni, I have lost a friend, a missionary brother, a spiritual director, a mentor and ‘an elder’. I became a friend of Fr Agostoni when I was a novice of the Comboni Missionaries in the late 1980s. In all our conversations, I could see the love he had for…

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Security – Crisis Tracker

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The Lord Resistance Army (LRA) was born in northern Uganda to fight the government there and establish a theocratic government led by the Acholi, one of the ethnic groups living in Uganda and South Sudan. The group is led by Joseph Kony, who claims to be a medium and speak with the Holy Spirit. For…

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Advocacy

Oasis in all places or the happy sobriety.

An Amerindian legend says that one day, there was a huge wildfire. All the animals gazed at the disaster terrified, distressed and helpless. Only the…

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Baobab

Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky.

Along time ago the sun and the water both lived on the earth and were very friendly. The sun often paid a visit to the house…

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Youth & Mission

The Synod on Young People: “Walking Together “.

The final document of the synod on young people has been just released. The document consists of 3 parts, 12 chapters, 167 paragraphs and 60 pages.…

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