Protracted conflict, elusive peace: Initiatives to end the violence in northern Uganda
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Ogenga Otunnu explores the causes of the conflict in northern Uganda, linking it to a profound and deep-rooted crisis of the legitimacy of the state, its institutions and their political incumbents. The reasons the conflict has persisted for so long include regional and international power struggles, military profiteering, a lack of engagement and LRA abuses and intransigence. Finally he reflects on the consequences of the conflict both in Acholiland – a society reduced to ‘displaced camps’ where people languish without assistance and protection – and in the rest of the country.