Assistance to 2 million displaced people in Uganda ends

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A bullet hole in the window of a district security office in Kaabong town serves as a reminder of Karamoja's recent and more lawless past

Assistance to nearly two million people displaced by violence in northern Uganda is coming to an end, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) announced on Friday.

For five years, UNHCR has been helping people who were displaced by fighting between the Ugandan Army and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

They lived in 251 camps across 11 districts of northern Uganda to escape the LRA which was notorious for abducting children to force them to become soldiers or sex slaves.

UNHCR spokesman William Spindler says the agency has helped the displaced people to resume normal lives by providing safe water, as well as building roads, schools, health centres, police posts and other infrastructure.

"We are ending our assistance to nearly two million internally displaced people in Uganda as the vast majority had returned home. We are closing this chapter on Uganda's internally displaced people. We closed last week our office in Gulu, northern Uganda after five years of assisting and protecting people displaced by fighting between the Ugandan army and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army."Duration: 23"

UNHCR says that some 30,000 displaced Ugandans are still living in four remaining camps, former camps, transit centres and local communities.

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