Year of being specifically targeted by Amin, Museveni, and Kony, the large tribe of people of Norther Uganda, called the Acholi people, are finally experiencing peace since 2006.
However, during the most recent war, Kony’s forces abducted some 66,000 children, making them soldiers and many thousands of your girls as sex slaves. From 1986 to 2007, more than 1.5 million Acholi people were displaced, mostly from the Northern Ugandan district of Gulu.
Between decades of war and havoc of disease, countless women have become widows and have taken on raising their own children and the children of deceased family and friends. The poverty level in Gulu is staggering. Over 40% of the population in the district of Gulu makes less that $2.00 per day.
Thousands of people—men, women and children—live with HIV due to a wartime atrocities and a lack of sex education. Unemployment is extremely high and parents struggle to pay for daily expenses, in particular their kids expensive school fees. It has been very difficult for the Acholi people to gain any sort of traction to better their lives and dream for the future.