The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Peace at last?

In Uganda, Lutherans walk with war-torn people

Photographer Paul Jeffrey visited northern Uganda in eastern Africa in December 2007 and chronicled the work of the Lutheran World Federation and Action by Churches Together, an international relief alliance. The ELCA is a member of LWF and ACT.

In Labuje camp for displaced people,
In Labuje camp for displaced people, Beatrice Aikello prepares food while her children, Richard Nuno, 4, and Olga Aber, 5, eat. ACT partners have helped camp residents survive these years of lonely displacement.
Jeffrey’s photos offer a rare glimpse into the daily lives of families displaced by the 20-year war of the Lord’s Resistance Army against the Acholi people. Their faces are a testament to their continuing faith and hope, despite immeasurable loss.

The greatest losses, between 1986 and 2006, came as fighting between the LRA and the Ugandan government resulted in violent attacks against civilians, internal displacement of 1.8 million people, and the kidnapping of children to work as soldiers or in sexual servitude.

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