The report assesses the impact of
the war on women of Gulu District, Northern Uganda focusing on their war
experiences, the effects of war on their health and economic status, the
position of their rights, their coping mechanisms with the war and
contributions to their society in distress. The study was carried out within
the population originating from 13 sub counties of Gulu District but living in
internally displaced people’s camps within an 18km radius of Gulu Municipality.
The key findings reveal that the
population was exposed to traumatic experiences such as captivity, abductions,
torture, killings, sexual abuse/violence, intimidation, walking long distances
without food or water or walking barefooted in thorns and bushes and extreme
humiliation to the women. The report also highlights the major health problems
faced by the survivors which include reproductive health complications such as
STIs including HIV&AIDS, broken and severed limbs and a host of other
ailments. Psychosocial consequences were the most numerous.