Peacemaking and Peacebuilding Efforts by Various Actors in Northern Uganda

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Part of the The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science book series (APESS, volume 22)

Abstract

A number of cross-cutting issues emerged in northern Uganda of unsuccessful attempts by the various initiatives to end the war through a negotiated settlement. One theme that emerged consistently was the perceived reluctance of both the Government of Uganda (GoU) and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to engage with one another in political dialogue. The GoU viewed the LRA as lacking comprehensive political objectives and called its members ‘common criminals’, while the LRA lacked trust and confidence in the GoU but trusted the spiritual ideology of its own movement. Other factors that exacerbated the situation were barriers caused by both limited channels for communication between the senior leaders and the difficulties in developing enough empathy and common language to bridge the world-views of the protagonists. Peace initiatives need to be persevered with, and not squandered or marginalised, in the efforts to bring war to an end. Ugandans and other countries that have experienced conflict have learnt the lessons of inclusiveness and flexibility, including the crucial role of women. It is argued that the role of women is an indispensable mechanism for trust and confidence-building that enhances genuine reconciliation in societies affected by conflict.

Keywords

Peacemaking Peacebuilding Negotiation Accountabilty Disarmament Demobilisation Reintegration Mediation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Constituent College of AgricultureGulu UniversityMoroto, KaramojaUganda

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