More than 50 years ago, six footballers from northern travelled to England. Famously playing barefoot, they defeated the Great British Olympic team 2-1. One of them, Okot p’Bitek, remained to study, going on to become a renowned East African poet.
A study found that northern Uganda had the highest rate of post-traumatic stress and depression ever recorded among displaced and conflict-affected populations anywhere in the world.
It’s the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis. One million have crossed into Uganda, and an additional “million or even more” are in Ethiopia, Kenya, DR Congo, and Central African Republic.
The jihadists once controlled most of northeastern Borno and some neighbouring states, were about 15,000 strong, and even imposed a tax “for breathing”.
Some estimate that South Sudan’s death toll rivals Syria’s. Its war is politically driven by the “King of the Hill” logic of a crude state formation