ONE thing every Acholi person (in northern Uganda) wants to avoid is being associated with a witch doctor, but I took courage and informed the bodaboda (motorbike taxi) man that I was heading to the witch doctor’s place. He bombarded me with questions: What is your problem? Are you looking for riches? Has someone bewitched you? And his last word was that …
Some services that NGOs supported tended to focus on sexual violence from a stranger and not the overwhelmingly more common forms of sexual violence such as intimate partner violence.
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.
In the past UN could count on the presence of Ugandan soldiers and US special forces in parts of the country but their mission has now ended and a dangerous “security vacuum” is emerging.
“The LRA is disarray…Kony is growing old and losing the grip on the soldiers”. They will not attack security forces, but remain a menace to civilians.