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Call for Uganda action: CEN 11.02.07 p 4. November 7, 2007

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of the Province of Uganda, House of Lords, NGOs.

THE GOVERNMENT has been questioned over its efforts to ensure access for aid agencies to the people of Northern Uganda.

The call came from the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Rev John Gladwin, who also serves as chairman of Christian Aid, on Oct 29 asked Baroness Vandera, a DfID Minister, if the government was talking to the Ugandan authorities to help development agencies operate there.

The question arose during a debate initiated by Baroness Cox on the government’s support for the peace process in Northern Uganda. Baroness Vandera said the bishop’s concerns were well stated, as a recent report from the World Food Programme found that food aid was not reaching an estimated 150,000 people.

The British government was responding to the problem by providing ‘support for emergency rations to be airlifted to areas that were not accessible by road. Efforts have also been made to improve road access,’ she said with Britain ‘bearing some of the costs of engineering to rebuild some of the roads to ensure that access is available for basic services.’

Baroness Cox urged the government to ‘make peace a priority’ in Northern Uganda.

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