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CBC News: Uganda's Haunted Children: A Hard Road Home Featuring Erin Baines
Description: Thursday, February 23 at 10pm ET & 10pm PT
This documentary will interview Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni and ask him why he refuses to call in the UN when clearly he has not been able to protect the civilians in the camps from rebel
Date: 19 February 2006
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Source: CBC News - Correspondent
CBC Newsworld airtime: Thursday, February 23 at 10pm ET & 10pm PT



It's been called the Pearl of Africa. But more recently Uganda's been known as the worst country in the world to be a child, where an entire generation has been caught up in a bloody civil war for twenty years. The Lord's Resistance Army – the LRA – known for its unspeakable brutality, has been building its ranks abducting children. These children are trained to kill, or forced into sexual slavery. Tens of thousands have lost their childhood.

Thanks to a government amnesty program to coax rebels out of the bush, twenty thousand children have escaped and returned home - only to find there is no escape from their troubles.


Canadian Erin Baines, research director at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC, has spent part of the last 3 years with the Acholi people of Northern Uganda, whose children are the target for abduction by the LRA. She is looking at how Acholi traditional rituals can help to re-integrate former child soldiers back into society, a challenge given the gravity of the atrocities that have been committed. All this is against the backdrop of a humanitarian crisis with 1.6 million Acholi people displaced in the north in government run IDP camps.


This documentary will interview Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni and ask him why he refuses to call in the UN when clearly he has not been able to protect the civilians in the camps from rebel attacks. The president will take us on a journey to the site of a historic massacre to justify his reason for pursuing a military solution with the rebels.


CREDITS

Correspondent: Natalie Clancy

Producer: Marijka Hurko

Camera: Glen Kugelstadt

Editor: James Lim

Producers for CBC News: Correspondent: Hilary Armstrong, Jet Belgraver


NEWSWORLD BROADCAST TIMES:

Thursday, February 23 at 10:00pm ET

Friday, February 24 at 1:00am ET

Friday, February 24 at 4:00am ET


This announcement taken from CBC’s website: http://www.cbc.ca/correspondent/060222.html


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