The Path to Genocide in Northern Uganda


  • Ogenga Otunnu Ryerson Polytechnic University



Acholiland, Uganda, forced migration, conflict, genocide, politics, governance, international response


Uganda, as a territorial state, is the "child" of the late nineteenth century European expansionist violence. Since the construction and consolidation of the despotically strong but infrastructurally weak state, the country has witnessed intense political violence, gross violations of human rights, destruction of property, internal displacement and refugee migrations. Today, Acholiland in northern Uganda is ravaged by a genocidal war, internal displacement, refugee migrations, humanitarian disaster and other forms of systematic violations of human rights. Yet, these crises have not received adequate attention from scholars, policymakers, human rights organizations and the rest of the international community. What are the causes of the crises? Why do the crises persist? Who are the protagonists? What are the effects of the crises on the society? Why has the international community failed to respond to the genocide and humanitarian disaster? These are sorne of the questions this article will attempt to address.


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How to Cite

Otunnu, O. (1998). The Path to Genocide in Northern Uganda. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 17(3), 4–13.

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