The bloggers I know of who visit this blog arrive here through my blogs Sudan Watch and Congo Watch. I started the blogs eight months ago to file news on the humanitarian crises in DRC, northern Uganda and to log reports on the Ugandan rebel group LRA.
Up until recently, the blogs contained no original commentary. They have been used simply as filing cabinets. Blogger has no facility for categories, so instead of posting at Sudan Watch all the news I find on the LRA, I log the extra reports here to search more easily for LRA news and see at a glance how nothing seems to be improving in northern Uganda.
Now that Darfur has the world's attention and help is on its way, it pains me to visit this blog and see - along with what is happening at Congo Watch - that the situations in both countries are still classed as the world's worst/most neglected humanitarian crises. Millions of people are desperately in need of help in northern Uganda and DRC (and the Congo itself - thanks to Louis for pointing out in a comment at a recent Congo Watch post that there are two Congoes).
Thankfully, through Congo Watch, I have met some super nice bloggers who are concerned with what is happening in DRC. Some are Congolese. I am hoping to find some more dedicated bloggers who feel the same way about Uganda. If I recall correctly, over the past several months, I have yet to come into contact with any blogger concerned about northern Uganda. Which is why I am making a concerted effort in this post to find as many as possible.
Please do not be shy in saying hi. If you are interested in what is happening in Uganda, particularly northern Uganda, please make contact in the comments here or at my other blogs or via email. I am always here, happy to hear from anyone. If there is a delay in getting back to you, please do not read anything at all into it, other than I am unable to reply right away due to other pressures. I do my best to reply to all comments as soon as possible.
Last week, I spent some time searching for bloggers in, or specialising in, Uganda. The ones I've found so far, are in the sidebar here but I have not yet had a chance to read them. Once I have gathered a good selection of links, I aim to visit them, read them and publish regular reviews/news round-ups of posts and/or photos/profiles within each blog.
If anyone reading this, comes across news re the crisis or any links that would suit this blog - or puts together a review and/or round-up of one or more blogs out of/specialising in Uganda - please let me know here in the comments or via email and I will publish a copy here unedited with full credit. Thank you.
The aim is for us all to get some regular dialogue going and learn about life and politics in a country where the world's most neglected humanitarian crisis is happening. Who knows, we might even learn ways how we as bloggers can be of help. From what I have gathered re Sudan over past year, there is much to learn about neighbouring countries and the different cultures.
Meantime, here's saying a warm hello to Will who I found via the Uganda tags page at Technorati. Will is currently in Kampala, Uganda. Please do visit. I left a comment at one of his posts to say hi.
Also, a warm hello and welcome to any other new visitors here. More later. Until then, I look forward to adding updates and links to share here as and when I come across them.
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New links - for future posts here
Ojo al Texto: Una letan a de horrores: la guerra civil en el norte de Uganda
Cenicienta, Las chicas del quinto, Spain
Periodistas 21: Las guerras olvidadas: Uganda
Juan Varela, Periodistas 21, Spain - translated by Google
Maps courtesy Will's first post March, 24 2005.
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