Displacement and Return

The Displacement and Return series features blog posts from the Politics of Return and Trajectories of Displacement projects, based at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at LSE and funded by the ESRC/AHRC.

Follow all updates on the project on Twitter and Instagram through the hashtag #LSEreturn.

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    Truth, Evidence and Proof in the realm of the unseen. Part 2

Truth, Evidence and Proof in the realm of the unseen. Part 2

Julian Hopwood reflects in this 2 part series blog on matters of evidence in both the Ugandan justice system and in popular understandings of witchcraft.

Thinking about witchcraft tends to lead to consideration of notions of what counts as evidence. Othering can function through the idea that the West deals in scientific empirical evidence, whether on crime or medicine or […]

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    Truth, Evidence and Proof in the realm of the unseen. Part I

Truth, Evidence and Proof in the realm of the unseen. Part I

Julian Hopwood reflects in this 2 part series blog on matters of evidence in both the Ugandan justice system and in popular understandings of witchcraft.

In March this year I went to a workshop in Kampala on witchcraft and security. One of the most intriguing things about the meeting was that it included some participants and contributors who, at a personal […]

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    Analysing the role of football in building social cohesion in war-affected Uganda

Analysing the role of football in building social cohesion in war-affected Uganda

Madeleine Issitt and Aloh Francis find out just how successful football is in developing social harmony in post-conflict areas.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

It has been said that football can heal the social wounds of war and be a force for reconciliation. But is that really true? In opposing two teams, there […]

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    Why children from Karamoja end up begging on the streets of Kampala

Why children from Karamoja end up begging on the streets of Kampala

Amid a backdrop of uncertainty, families in Karamoja often rely on alternative mechanisms to secure their livelihoods. Saum Nangiro explains the dynamics among street children in Kampala, and gives policy solutions to address this crisis.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

In Karamoja, northern Uganda, people have been facing challenges, both natural and man-made; […]

Outcast in your own Home

 This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

Through the accounts of Evelyn and Mary’s lives with the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Jacky Atingo and Melissa Parker ask why programmes funded by humanitarian agencies have done little to protect vulnerable people.

More than 30,000 children were abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in […]

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    Displacement as Resistance in Northern Uganda: Government Abuse, Popular Protest, and the Limits of International Governance

Displacement as Resistance in Northern Uganda: Government Abuse, Popular Protest, and the Limits of International Governance

In the second article of this two-part blog series, Tessa Laing and Sara Weschler analyse the outcome of the peaceful occupation of the UN Human Rights office in Gulu, northern Uganda by Acholi farmers in July this year and what it tells us about how the UN tackles human rights abuses by governments.

Read part one of this article for […]

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    Displacement as Resistance in Northern Uganda: How 234 Rural Farmers Occupied a UN Compound to Defend Their Land

Displacement as Resistance in Northern Uganda: How 234 Rural Farmers Occupied a UN Compound to Defend Their Land

Tessa Laing and Sara Weschler provide a comprehensive account of forced displacement endured by the Acholi people for over 100 years and how one community chose to occupy the UN Human Rights office in Gulu to draw attention to land injustice being suffered at the hands of the government.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement […]

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    Refugees in northern Uganda now have ‘democracy’, but no authority

Refugees in northern Uganda now have ‘democracy’, but no authority

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

In the wake of a democratic election in northern Uganda’s Palabek Refugee camp, Charles Ogeno and Ryan O’Byrne interrogate what this new ‘refugee governance’ really means for those governed by it.

Refugees and elections

Refugee camps have a bad reputation. Their portrayal is often one-dimensional and dehumanising. They are […]

Communicating Academic Research Through Art #LSEReturn

Gloria Kiconco explores the multiplicity of what it means for displaced people and refugees to return home.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

I am a Ugandan writer; specifically a poet, essayist, and an arts and culture journalist.

Here is where I join the Politics of Return research project.

It is a few minutes past midday […]

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    TAKS Centre in Gulu: From Bastion of the Colonial Establishment to Acholi Cultural Hub

TAKS Centre in Gulu: From Bastion of the Colonial Establishment to Acholi Cultural Hub

By exploring the history of the TAKS Community Arts Centre in Gulu, Morris Omara and Tim Allen unveil the role of art in the healing process following the trauma of a two-decade-long civil war in northern Uganda.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

The colonial clubhouse in Gulu, northern Uganda, still stands. Back in […]

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