Uganda

Caritas workers attacked by rebels in Northern Uganda

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According to a press release issued by Caritas Germany, two Caritas development workers were recently shot at by rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda as they made their way to a refugee camp. Both managed to escape to safety; however, it is feared that projects for refugees and child soldiers may be cut back in the near future due to the rapidly deteriorating security situation.
Civil war has been ongoing in Northern Uganda for the last 18 years. The situation has worsened steadily over the last several months. After a prolonged ceasefire, fighting resumed between rebel forces and government troops in early 2005, following failed peace negotiations in December 2004. As of February, the LRA has begun attacking civilians. According to a census carried out by the Archdiocese of Gulu, at least 115 people have been killed in Gulu alone in the last few months. Of the 850,000 inhabitants of the Gulu Archdiocese, 500,000 are living in refugee camps, mainly as a result of pressure from the government.