THE PEOPLE OF PATONGO


The community of Patongo was formed by some 10,000 displaced people, 66% of whom are under the age of twenty-five. The legacy of the Ugandan civil war continues to disadvantage the whole community, but especially those young people who were abducted and forced to become child soldiers. Though the civil war is over, their experiences often exclude them from their communities and from the prospect of a stable future. The UK charity Article 25 have recently completed a Vocational Training and Counselling Centre to support individuals in acquiring the ability and skills to become functioning members of society in Patongo, and so help repair the damage the conflict had both on individuals and on the community.