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Introduction Uganda a Sub-Saharan country located in Africa straddles the equator and is made up mostly of fertile highlands Uganda Land and People 2005 Kampala is the capital of Uganda Once ruled by brutal dictator Idi Amin what is more formally known as the Republic of Uganda gained its independence on October 9 1962 now a nationally celebrated holiday Since 1986 Yoweri Kaguta Musevini has been the president chief of state and head of government Prime Minister Apollo Nsibambi assists the president in supervising the cabinet who are appointed by the president from a choice of elected legislators Politics of Uganda 2005 Uganda has a population of 24699073 Demographics of Uganda 2005 ninety percent of whom live in rural areas Uganda Land and People 2005 Though English is the countrys official language approximately seventy percent of the people speak a Bantu language Uganda Land and People 2005 Approximately two-thirds of Ugandas population is Christian while the rest practice animism or follow the teachings of Islam Culture of Uganda 2005 Full of exotic animals and beautiful landscapes it is no wonder that Uganda is called the Pearle of Africa However Ugandas natural beauty veils a country devastated by the effects of civil war poverty AIDS and the suppression of women War Violence Since 1987 the people of northern Uganda have been relentlessly plundered kidnapped raped tortured and murdered by a rebel group looking to overthrow the current Ugandan government the Lords Resistance Army LRA The victims of the LRA have been primarily the Acholi people of what is known as the Acholiland The Acholiland consists of the districts Kitgum Gulu and Pader Since 2002 these attacks have spread into other districts as well Since the beginning of this eighteen year conflict up to 12000 people have been killed 15 million civilians are internally displaced persons IDPs and an estimated 20000 children have been abducted for use as sex slaves and soldiers
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