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Human Rights Watch Announces Photo Essay on Plight of Uganda Children

August 23, 2005

Human Rights Watch has produced a photo essay and video documenting the plight of tens of thousands of children in northern Uganda and what they have to endure to avoid being abducted by rebel troops.

Human Rights Watch, Uganda Photo Story

Human Rights Watch, Uganda Photo Story
Photo courtesy of Human Rights Watch

The video, narrated by Dennis Haysbert, documents the lives of these children who live under constant threat, with 30,000 Uganda boys and girls having been abducted and enslaved or forced to become child soldiers since 1986.

Human Rights Watch encourages people to work to take a stand against this scourge by doing the following:

Write to US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice urging her to place the conflict in Northern Uganda higher on the United States agenda, and to use US influence to end the conflictís widespread human rights abuses. Sample letter (download MS word file) can be found here.

Write to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni urging him to take all feasible steps to protect children from abduction, safeguard child captives during military operations, and end all recruitment of children by Ugandan government military forces and militias.

Sample letter (download MS word file) can be found here.

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