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More internal refugees in war-ravaged northern Uganda return home (2)
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21:40, July 31, 2007

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"While many people in Lango and Teso have returned - as many as 90 percent, these people were some of the last to move into IDP camps and were the least terrorized by the LRA.

On the other hand, less than 10 percent of the people in Gulu and Kitgum districts - areas hit hardest by the LRA - have moved out of the camps," the report written by the Makerere University based Refugee Law Project (RLP) said.

It said the movement of IDPs from what is termed "mother camps" to "decongestion sites" - newly formed camps often close to people''s original parishes, has come with its own challenges.

The number of camps has risen from around 70 to as many as 300 while issues of security, cuts in food rations which make survival difficult and greater need for land stand out.

The two decade LRA insurgency has displaced more than 1.4 million people in northern Uganda, driving people into crowded but guarded camps. Some of them returned to their home villages since relative peace returned to the region last year.

Source: Xinhua
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