The Acholi inhabit the northern territory of Uganda, which borders South Sudan. This area has been the site of rebellion for decades. Idi Amin ordered the murders of thousands of Acholis in the 1970s. The Amin government was then overthrown in a military coup by Okello, an Acholi. When Museveni then overthrew Okello in the mid-1980s, he also ordered his National Resistance Army (NRA) to conduct thousands of revenge murders on the Acholi people. The most recent violence has come from Joseph Kony, who is an Acholi from Gulu. His Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has attempted to “purify” the Acholi people and has been responsible for the murders of hundreds of thousands from northern Uganda, southern Sudan, and the Congo. He has recruited nearly 70,000 child soldiers, often by forcing the children to kill their family members or be killed themselves. The current government has helped over a million northern Ugandan citizens seek safety in refugee camps, making them internally displaced citizens.
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