After failure to reach peace deal in northern Uganda, UN envoy tries fresh tack

The United Nations envoy heading efforts to end the conflict that has ravaged northern Uganda for two decades will contact the key parties to assess the way forward after the Government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) failed last week to sign a permanent peace agreement, a UN spokesperson said today.

Ugandan rebel group members agree to disarm and return home – UN mission

Seven members of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has been fighting Ugandan Government forces for two decades, have surrendered to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and agreed to enter a disarmament, repatriation and reintegration scheme.

Annan names Special Envoy to help resolve northern Ugandan conflict

In an effort to bring a comprehensive political solution to the conflict in northern Uganda while addressing its wider regional ramifications, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano his Special Envoy to help deal with the issue of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and its brutal 20-year-long rebellion.

UNICEF highlights ‘forgotten’ tragedy of child soldiers in Uganda

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is shining the spotlight on the plight of thousands of children abducted as soldiers and sex slaves by rebels in northern Uganda, taking the world to task for forgetting a tragedy that “has obliterated the idea of childhood as a protected time of healthy growth.”