Uganda is a small land locked country in East Africa. Although the country itself is very poor, Uganda is home to many refugees from Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is the second most populous land locked country in Africa. It is also home to some of the most fascinating and endangered animals on the planet including Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Mountain Gorillas and many other of the Big Five animals of Africa.
Many of the Ugandans we work with are victims of the International War Criminal Joseph Kony and his Lords Resistance Army (LRA). Kony kidnapped, raped, tortured, and forced tens of thousands of children to fight in the largest child army ever assembled. Many of these individuals will never recover from the physical and emotional trauma they have suffered. Even after the war ended, many of these children have ended up living in some of the world’s worst slums. Diseases is everywhere and there is very little medical aid to combat it. Very few of these young adults have marketable skills and their literacy is low.
Facts about the war in Uganda
Ugandan Civil War (1990-2010)
-1.6 million people displaced from their homes in Northern Uganda
-100,000 disfigured, mutilated, tortured, and kidnapped.
-30,000 children kidnapped, tortured, forced to fight, or used as sex slaves.riminal Joseph Kony and his Lords Resistance Army (LRA).
-90% of Ugandas population is without power and running water
-60% of the population is under 15 years old
-HIV rates within the ghettos are 89%
-Life expectency is 35 years of age (55 outside of the ghettos)
-No free public Education