The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Uganda: A horizon of hope

Lutherans help displaced Ugandans to reclaim their communities

Annalise Romoser sat on a bench in the dirt-floor hut, listening to women from Northern Uganda sing a song of welcome in her honor. The singers — living in a camp for people internally displaced by the country’s long-running civil war ­ —had all suffered human atrocities.

At a village near Lira, in northern
At a village near Lira, in northern Uganda, the community welcomed Lutheran World Relief visitors with song and dance.
Some of them, like Emma (last name witheld), whose collarbone still juts from her slender frame as a result of violence, will always bear scars.

Part of Romoser’s job as Lutheran World Relief’s associate director for public policy and advocacy is to promote peace in Northern Uganda.

“I wish people in the U.S. could come here and see how much their advocacy and action helps the people of Uganda,” she said. “It’s hard to imagine how writing a letter can change a person’s life, but advocacy really does work.”

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