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Uganda

The Government of Uganda has been fighting the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) for nearly two decades. The LRA have operated mainly in the north of the country with support from the Sudanese Government. Efforts at peace negotiations have yielded little progress to date as the LRA continues its attacks on the civilian population. The Government of Uganda has also been fighting the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and other small, anti-government groups. It was in an effort to stop these groups from launching cross-border attacks from the DRC that Uganda first provided tacit support in 1996-97 to two Congolese rebel movements: the Mouvement de Libération du Congo (MLC) and the Rassemblement Congolais pour la Démocratie-Mouvement de Libération (RCD-ML). In 1998, the Ugandan Peoples' Democratic Forces (UPDF) entered the DRC to support these rebel groups and to better secure its borders against incursions. After having withdrawn its troops in line with the Lusaka Cease-fire Agreement of July 1999, the UPDF redeployed to the Ituri region in the DRC in response to renewed fighting that had erupted there. In May 2003, the UPDF again withdrew their troops from the DRC.

 

 
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Photo Credits: First picture on left Guy Tillim. Others by UN/DPI