Background

Below is some background and History which explains the need for the shelter

 

Background and history: Lira is situated in the north of Uganda, more or less in the centre of the map and is an area badly affected by the, largely unacknowledged, 20 year old conflict involving the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) and government troops. 

For the past 20 years over 1.7 million people in northern Uganda are estimated to have been displaced by the activities of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), leaving their homes for the relative safety of Displaced Person Camps (IDP camps). The LRA led by Joseph Kony has also abducted an estimated 500,000 children, some as young as seven, to fight in his army. Horrible atrocities have been perpetrated in order to deter escapers and many of the children have permanent mental as well as physical scars.
In early 2007 the International War Crimes Tribunal issued an arrest warrant for Kony and two of his men. He has now moved across the border into southern Sudan. One result of this is the many children now making their way back to their towns and villages usually to find their homes destroyed and their parents gone, either murdered or in IDP camps. As a consequence there are now thousands of orphaned children living on the streets, scavenging, taking on adult labouring jobs and working in the sex trade to get money for food. This has a knock on effect with an increase in child pregnancies and risk of AIDS.
Local authorities together with NGO’s and International Charities are all working hard to gather up these vulnerable children and reunite them with their families

IDP Camp situated just behind the shelter in Lira