A Different Way Home: Resettlement Patterns in Northern Uganda
8 Pages Posted: 25 May 2010 Last revised: 11 Mar 2012
Date Written: December 1, 2010
After decades of civil conflict leading to massive internal displacement of people, Northern Uganda is peaceful again and hundreds of thousands of displaced people are relocating. Using data from maps and satellite imagery, we examine the placement of homes before, during and after the conflict. Examining two study sites, one that experienced a great deal of violence over an extended period of time and one where the experience of violence was more limited, we observe the clustering of home placement in the post-conflict period. As resettlement occurs, there is also evidence of increased location of homes in close proximity to roads in the site with high levels of violence. This research informs what we presently know about the choices of returnees and has implications for service provision and the reclamation of property rights after conflict.
Keywords: Uganda, resettlement, post-conflict, property rights
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