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A peace dialogue in Karamoja

October 3, 2013

Last week, shortly after the International Peace Day I went to Moroto with Karamoja Cluster Project, My graduate school University for Peace is starting.
At an intra-community dialogue, held under a tree, between Tepeth elders on resolving the cross-border conflict between the Tepeth in Uganda (in alliance with the Pokot) and the Turkana in Kenya, i took these photos in Kalemungole village, Tapac subcounty.

Peace in Karamoja is fragile. After decades of armed violence through cattle rustling, Uganda government enforced disarmament. But Kenya instead decided to arm their warriors. This dialogue showed a change in the communities and their embrace for protection from armed forces instead of arming themselves.

One of the most important issues raised at a dialogue where the LCV was present was where is the 3% the communities is supposed to get from Marble mining? Karamoja also has gold and other issues arising are land rumored being grab. Most Karamojongs lost cattle and struggle but not much is known about gold mining and trade from Karamoja. Not that I intend to scare but there’s a mega road construction project by Chinese and rumours were rife that the Chinese are trying to get a stake in Gold. Am ignorant of the gold mining venture in this part of the country just like most Ugandans but i thought these issues regarding extractive industries need to be given attention and coverage to put such rumours to death.

I captured these images as the dialogue went on.

Elderly woman at the dialogue

Elderly woman at the dialogue

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Soldiers listen in during the dialogue

Soldiers listen in during the dialogue

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Found this kid with mum, in earlier photo he showed great interest in the camera, i bet he will be a journo some day

Found this kid with mum, in earlier photo he showed great interest in the camera, i bet he will be a journo some day

Never seen such big guns with Police but this really shows the fragility of peace in Karamoja.

Never seen such big guns with Police but this really shows the fragility of peace in Karamoja.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Frank Emmanuel Muhereza permalink
    October 5, 2013 5:13 pm

    Interesting Rosebell! Are you sure you are not missing something? Why focus on the Tepeth, and not the Pokot? Let me put the question differently – this focusing of your research cluster on the Tepeth, what particular dimension of the South Karamoja conflicts do you hope to unravel? An internal dialogue? why not inter-ethnic dialogue? or better still, why not inter-ethnic and inter-tribal dialogues which are also cross-border? It might be a bit more complicated than it looks on face value. have you heard about the ‘KATIKEKILE CONFLICT AXIS’?
    FRANK EMMANUEL MUHEREZA

    • rosebell permalink*
      October 16, 2013 3:11 pm

      Thanks Frank. this is a 3 year project that includes inter and intra-ethnic dialogues.

    • rosebell permalink*
      October 16, 2013 3:11 pm

      The project mainly cross border.

  2. meniez permalink
    October 6, 2013 3:35 pm

    Good documentation and thaks for sharing.However, i am ignited to visually document such/that similar crisis. Any tips?

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