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Friday, March 5, 1999 Published at 18:31 GMT


Ugandans under attack

Map showing locations of recent attacks

From BBC Monitoring's East African Unit:

The brutal attack on tourists in Uganda this week shocked the world.

But in Uganda attacks and killings by various rebel groups make almost daily reading in the local press.

The tourist killings, which took place in one of Uganda's world famous national parks, highlight a problem of insecurity which President Museveni's government has been struggling with ever since he came to power in 1986.

The reports below, monitored from the Ugandan media in recent weeks, illustrate the level of violence and insecurity which Ugandans living in some parts of the country have to face.

The South-west


[ image: A Ugandan soldier patrols Bwindi national park, where the tourists were attacked]
A Ugandan soldier patrols Bwindi national park, where the tourists were attacked
Rwandan Hutu extremist militias - the Interahamwe - have recently stepped up raids on southwestern Uganda, from across the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo:

"Deposed Rwandese Interahamwe Saturday again attacked a village near Kisoro town [southwestern Uganda] and hacked five people to death. Security sources said about 50 heavily armed fighters attacked a village in Nyarubuye sub-county at dawn..."
New Vision, Kampala in English 22 Feb

"Suspected Interahamwe [Hutu militia] rebels yesterday [10th February] launched an attack on Kisoro District [southwestern Uganda], killing one civilian."
New Vision, Kampala 11 Feb

The West


[ image: Headline news: But Ugandans are all too familiar with such reports]
Headline news: But Ugandans are all too familiar with such reports
The Muslim dominated Allied Democratic Forces have been blamed for numerous attacks in western Uganda, as well as a recent spate of bomb attacks in Kampala:

"The army Tuesday [23rd February] killed at least five rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) ... in Kidedeya, deep in the Rwenzori mountains. Sources said the rebel group was responsible for the death of over 20 civilians in Kikyo, Bundibugyo [western Uganda] a fortnight ago.
New Vision, Kampala 26 Feb

"The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels Sunday slaughtered two women in an attack on Bugombwa village in Busaru subcounty in Bundibugyo District [western Uganda]. The district police commander, Mr Charles Tumwesigye, said this brings the number of civilians butchered by the ADF rebels in Bundibugyo to 22 in less than a month ... "
New Vision, Kampala 23 Feb

The North


[ image: Heading home: One of the tourists who survived the attack waits at Entebbe airport]
Heading home: One of the tourists who survived the attack waits at Entebbe airport
In northern Uganda, the rebel Lord's Resistance Army, following the mysterious cult leader Joseph Kony, has wreaked havoc. From across the border in Sudan, the rebels conduct raids into villages, killing and abducting the inhabitants. Thousands have been displaced:

"Acholi religious leaders have appealed to the government to declare Acholiland a disaster area and immediately enter into direct negotiations with [Joseph] Kony [Lord's Resistance Army] rebels. They have also demanded that parliament revokes its recommendation for a military solution to the 12-year war which has devastated northern Uganda..."
New Vision, Kampala 20 Jan

"Rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) Wednesday night raided three suburbs of Gulu town [northern Uganda] taking with them over ten young children. They broke into shops and looted everything which they forced their captives to carry..."
New Vision, Kampala 31 Dec

"Christmas was celebrated peacefully in Kitgum town [northern Uganda] despite threats by [Joseph] Kony's [Lord's Resistance Army, LRA] rebels to attack the town on Christmas day ... The LRA, however raided Kori Mission, a suburb of Kitgum, on Christmas Eve killing two people and wounding several others ..."
Radio Uganda in English 27 Dec





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