Since 2010, over 3,000 children throughout northern Uganda have come down with nodding disease
, a degenerative neurological condition, reports CNN
. [more inside]
But There's No Oil You Say?
The humanitarian situation in northern Uganda is worse than in Iraq, or anywhere else in the world, a senior United Nations official has said. It is a moral outrage" that the world is doing so little for the victims of the war, especially children, says UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Jan Egeland.
The rebels routinely abduct children to serve as sex slaves and fighters. Thousands of children leave their houses in northern Uganda to sleep rough in the major towns, where they feel more safe from the threat of abduction by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The United Nations [should] play a great role in scaling down the violence
The LRA, under shadowy leader Joseph Kony, says it wants to rule Uganda according to the Biblical Ten Commandments. They often mutilate their victims, by cutting off their lips, noses or ears.
Idi Amin close to death
The former big man of Uganda
, self-proclaimed Conqueror of the British Empire
, scorn of satirists
and subject of a 1974 Barbet Schroeder documentary
is near death. His overt support of the infamous Entebbe hijacking
, intended as his show of strength and global defiance, led (in)directly to his overthrow. (More inside.)