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Appeal for North Uganda

Nov 27th, 2007 | By | Category: News

Appeal to the media and to the political authorities

before the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting in Kampala.

In PDF version for the press: Appeal for Peace in Northern Uganda

The undersigned organisations who are working for the good of the people of Northern Uganda, appeal to the political authorities and to the mass media who will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Summit in Kampala, from November 23rd to 25th, to visit Northern Uganda to see for themselves the tragic living conditions of the people in that part of the country.

While the peace talks between the Ugandan Government and the rebels of the LRA on a 21 year long war barely continue, more than a million people are forced to live in refugee camps in miserable conditions, awaiting to return to their homes and lands abandoned because of the war.
For their return it is first necessary to ensure a lasting peace, then the reclamation of land-mines from the land, the bringing of water wells into use again, the reconstruction of dispensaries, schools, houses for teachers, the distribution of working tools and seeds and, in the absence of certificates of land ownership, the protection of orphans and of those who cannot prove their residence in villages which are now destroyed.

To understand these needs it is necessary, for those attending the Commonwealth meeting, to leave the capital Kampala and go into the Northern and Eastern Uganda, to meet the people and to see with their own eyes those lands which in the last month have also been affected by floods.
Peace needs thousands of steps, even outside the capital.

Trusting in your sensitivity and concern.

Yours sincerely.

Pierangelo Monti – Good Samaritan Onlus

coordinator of this appeal – tel/fax 0125251012

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