The Past: Hunger and Hopelessness Among African Children

Uganda - 2006

Tyrants, war, and the children who suffered

The ongoing crisis in Uganda began in the 1960s when the central Africa nation gained its independence from Great Britain. The corrupt, totalitarian regime of Idi Amin soon emerged, killing thousands of people and destroying whatever infrastructure there was.

Through years of instability and civil war, many men lost their lives, leaving abandoned families behind. In the mid-80s, Joseph Kony and his cruel, cult-like guerrilla group tried to seize power, using over 60,000 child soldiers to do his bidding.

Mothers and their children were often thrown off their land, with nowhere to go. Malaria and AIDS epidemics further devastated the adult population. By 2006, there were three and a half million orphans in Uganda, many having to fend for themselves on the streets.

Those who ended up in private orphanage found overcrowded, understaffed conditions, often in buildings that were only partially complete. The dwindling food donations from relief agencies often ended up on the black market, as residents of the ‘children’s homes’ went hungry.

This is where the story of Legacy World Missions begins. Read on.

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