The Politics of Violence in Acholiland

Adam Branch

in Displacing Human Rights

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199782086
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919130 | DOI:
The Politics of Violence in Acholiland

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Chapter 2 is a historical account of the politics of the northern Uganda conflict, placing it in its local, national, and international contexts. It begins with the colonial period and follows Acholi political history to the present to demonstrate how internal and national political crises of the Acholi combined to underlie the inception and continuation of the war. The chapter examines the new forms these crises have taken since the government’s mass internment of the Acholi peasantry began in 1996. It argues that a sustainable resolution to the violence will have to be predicated upon a democratic resolution of these two crises, which can only proceed through the inclusive political organization and action of Acholi themselves. The chapter also shows the detrimental impact that the international context has had on the war: Uganda has used international support to intensify the war, increase its militarization, and repress democratic domestic politics.

Keywords: Acholi; Uganda; history; political violence; ethnicity; militarization; Lord’s Resistance Army

Chapter.  22936 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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