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Uganda: Disabled people abandoned in refugee camps

Posted 19/11-09 at 19.42

Local leaders in Northern Uganda have complained that elderly and disabled people, as well as orphans, have been abandoned by relatives in recently closed refugee camps in the war-torn region.

The Resident District Commissioner, Mr. Santos Okot Lapalo, said the practice of neglecting vulnerable people is not only a taboo in Acholi culture but socially unacceptable in the community.


Editorial comment: It is a particularly cruel irony that the most disadvantaged groups in refugee camps throughout the world are facing additional hardship when a camp is closed. In order to protect these groups, it is important to know if what has happened in Uganda is being repeated elsewhere.


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