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.

  • Permalink This aerial photo of Kitchanga was taken during the crisis in March 2013 when IOM North Kivu organised an aerial reconnaissance mission to estimate the numbers of IDPs who had found refugee close to the MONUSCO basis and identify other newly created spontaneous sites.

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    The story of Kitchanga: Spatial politics of presence, refuge and return in North Kivu, Eastern DRCongo

The story of Kitchanga: Spatial politics of presence, refuge and return in North Kivu, Eastern DRCongo

In the Kivu provinces of the Eastern Congo, permanent semi-urban towns emerge from the protracted presence of refugees and internally displaced persons. Using the example of Kitchanga in North Kivu, Gillian Mathys and Karen Büscher (Ghent University) show the importance of such towns as important spaces in the politics of mobility, presence and return in a context of violent […]

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    Cattle raids, gunfights and tribal tensions during field work in Uganda #LSEreturn

Cattle raids, gunfights and tribal tensions during field work in Uganda #LSEreturn

While conducting research on post-conflict peace building interventions in northern Uganda, Francis Abonga is surprised to encounter a gunfight.

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

As northern Uganda continues to recover from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency that ended in 2006, I had no idea some parts of the community are still experiencing […]

Reading List: Most popular blog posts of 2018

As the final few hours of 2018 dwindle away, let’s look back at 2018 and discover the best-read Africa@LSE blog posts of the year.

 

Transformation euphoria in the Horn of Africa – As political transformation occurs across the Horn of Africa at an unprecedented pace, Abukar Arman provides a comprehensive analysis of the rapidly changing situation.
The unenviable situation of Tigreans […]

Pursuing justice in northern Uganda #LSEreturn

Anna Macdonald and Holly Porter explore issues of justice, accountability and social repair in the context of post-conflict northern Uganda

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

Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa researchers Dr Anna Macdonald and Dr Holly Porter have contributed chapters to a recently published edited collection Pursuing Justice in Africa: Competing Imaginaries […]

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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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