Displacement, mobility and poverty in northern Uganda

Herbert Muyinda and Susan R. Whyte

in Disability and poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428851
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302063 | DOI:
Displacement, mobility and poverty in northern Uganda

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Shattered livelihoods and entrenched poverty are pressing issues for people with mobility disabilities in displacement locations in northern Uganda. For over two decades there has been a prolonged civil war. To illustrate the experience of poverty and its association with immobility, this chapter compares the life experiences of two polio survivors – one living in a rural internally displaced person (IDP) camp without mobility devices, the other in an urban setting with mobility devices. It shows the linkage between physical mobility and social interaction, resource mobilisation, attraction of socioeconomic support, and poverty.

Keywords: civil war; socioeconomic support; polio survivors; mobility devices; IDP camp; social interaction; physical mobility

Chapter.  8647 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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