Warding Off The Evils of Civil War


BURNING ISSUE: An unexplained hut fire blazes at the Anaka camp

The camp is burning in slow motion. While scant food supplies are a big problem at this hastily-built settlement at Anaka, a 2-km-square mess of tightly packed huts protected by government soldiers in the north of Uganda, a bigger one is spontaneous combustion. Here, explains a leader in the camp, where some 23,000 people displaced by the region's civil war make their homes, at least one thatched hut ignites every day. So many are burning, in fact, that most residents remove their belongings when they leave each morning for school or to cultivate crops. Their homes may...