Karamoja is Uganda’s land of warrior nomads. Armed with automatic weapons from Congo and Sudan, young men engage in tit-for-tat cattle raids against rival clans. The scale of the raids can be huge with hundreds of fighters involved and several thousand cattle stolen in a single night. The death toll is high.
The government has tried to disarm the warriors. Its soldiers, tanks and armoured personnel carriers watch over key roads. They have brought the number of ambushes down (there was a 90 percent chance of not reaching your destination in 2006. Daytime carjacking is rare now). But they have failed to stop the raids.
Cattle raiding is a cultural issue, not a political one. Caritas supports activists who work at a parish level to try to change attitudes. Caritas has set up“peace groups”. They hold social and sporting events promoting peace and development.Widows and orphans who are members of the […]
Caritas works on behalf of those at risk fromdevastating pandemics such as HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.
In the developing world, poverty itself is both a cause and an effect of pandemics that devastate the physical, social and economic health of entire regions.
Caritas raises awareness about AIDS issues around the world through training workshops. In 2009, it facilitated workshops in Asia, Africa and Oceania, with a particular focus on training young people.
It also published the Caritas Training Manual on AIDS in French and Arabic. Caritas is a member of CHAN (Catholic HIV and AIDS Network) which aims to strengthen the response of Catholic faithbased organisations to the HIV pandemic.
Caritas work on pandemics in 2009 included:
Provision of medicines and care
Income generation activities
Training for health workers
Raising public awareness on prevention, stigma and discrimination
Advocacy for universal access to care and treatment