Truth and Reconciliation, Ugandan Style

After 20 years of civil war, Uganda is using both diplomatic and traditional means to achieve peace and healing, including the Acholi ceremony of Mato Oput.

Brian Adeba
Published: Wednesday, 07/18/2007 12:00 am EDT

In northern Uganda, a region torn by civil war for the last 20 years, where soldiers of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army have hacked off limps, raped, plundered, and abducted thousands of children, the feelings of anger and resentment towards perpetrators of the crimes run deep. While most hope for justice, this is not achievable under the statutes in the law books, partly because the crimes are just too many, the perpetrators and victims uncountable. In short, it is a logistical nightmare.

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