Saturday, September 24, 2005

Northern Uganda: In pictures - Night commuters

Every night in northern Uganda, tens of thousands of children, known as night commuters, flow into town centres.

They come seeking safety in shelters set up by aid agencies, with the Ugandan government unable to end a brutal 18-year war and protect them from rebel attacks.

At a centre known as the Arc in Gulu town, hundreds of boys will share the floor. See BBC news In pictures: Night commuters.

One of the reasons why children walk the lengths they do is because of scenes like this.

Northern Uganda:  In pictures - Night Commuters

A child stands outside a burnt home in an internally displaced persons camp near Soroti town because of a cooking fire that swept through a quarter of the camp.

Such fires are common in the camps and result in thousands of injuries and deaths each year.

Words and images: Jake Price, Hikari pictures
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Prayer and Action Weekend for the Children of Northern Uganda

On September 23-25, faith leaders and communities around the world will speak out to raise attention to the forgotten plight of children in northern Uganda.


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