N4A and PCCO’s new agricultural project in Patongo, northern Uganda.
life after the lra…
Our projects are in Patongo, northern Uganda, which for more than 20 years was a battleground between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the Ugandan army. Once a small farming community of 6.000 people, Patongo became home to 65,000 internally displaced people who were vulnerable to attack, sickness and starvation while a brutal war raged around them. The economy was decimated because farmers could no longer reach their land; when abducted children returned from the bush, their parents barely recognised them; the elders saw their family-based society crumbling around them. The fighting has now moved elsewhere and people are returning to their land, but the devastating legacy of post-traumatic stress is everywhere, affecting everybody’s ability to start anew.