Sunday, March 18, 2007

The humanitarian situation in northern Uganda is deteriorating as a result of heightened insecurity, general disruption of economic activities and ineffective coping mechanisms. Over 800,000 people are in dire need of relief assistance for survival. The recent announcement by the Lord's resistance Army (LRA) restricting movement of people from IDP camps, combined with increasing food needs due to poor harvest prospect, will compound the food insecurity problems encountered in protected camps. The LRA and the Government have suspended their offers of ceasefire with effect from mid-April.

In addition to the mounting relief crisis, the UN has recently decided to cut the current food rationing to IDP camps (about $1 per day/per person) in half. Can we even begin to imagine what it would be like to live on 50 cents of food a day? Take action to stop the horrors taking place across the globe, make that "sacrifice" you have been avoiding, give up that morning latte, that new pair of shoes, whatever it may be. Get involved! Write to representatives, to the president, take part in events like Global Night Commute and Displace Me! These people are just as entitled to a peaceful life in the pursuit of happiness as we are. I encourage you to remember Matthew 25:33-46, will He say to us "inasmuch as you did it to one of hte least of these My brethren, you did it to Me"? Have we really lived our lives as a blessing to the "least of these"?

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