Uganda is recovering from a turbulent past towards relative peace and stability - but the effects of the twenty-year conflict between the government and rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) continue to be felt. The conflict saw more than 1.8 million people in northern Uganda forced from their homes. A truce was declared in 2006 but the ongoing peace process has largely been successful, although democracy and legal structures remain fragile.
Uganda has made progress on many fronts - but children and young people in the country still experience rights violations and economic opportunities are scarce. Over two-thirds of unemployed people are below the age of 24 - one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Africa. Educational resources remain particularly insufficient - only a quarter of children enrolled in primary school go on to attend secondary school.
Violence also continues to affect the lives of children and young people growing up in Uganda. Action has been taken to address the use of corporal punishment in schools but violence is still frequently used as a disciplinary tool by parents and caregivers. The level of sexual violence in the country has been described as ‘epidemic’ and child marriage remains a problem. Figures show that over 68 per cent of married Ugandan women - some as young as fifteen - have experienced sexual violence in their lives.
What we do
War Child will cease operations in Uganda by the end of 2016 because the conflict is now too distant for our methodologies to be effective - those directly affected by the conflict are now reaching adulthood. Measures have been put in place to ensure the effect of our interventions will continue - helping young people in Uganda contribute towards a stable future for their country.