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Wasted, unable to stand or walk, Philomena is lucky to have two children to lean on. Her daughter is taking care of her in the camp, while her son is back in their village preparing their land for the family's eventual return. But Philomena herself is not sure whether she will ever go home. "I don't know if I will live for a month or a year or even more," she says. "If I live, that is well and good. If I die, that is also well and good."<br />
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During the 20-year civil war in Northern Uganda, well over a million people have been forced from their homes into camps. Fleeing the horrific abuses that have characterised this conflict - including widespread killing, rape, torture and mutilation - they have exchanged a peaceful existence as subsistence farmers for a life of destitution and dust. This is just one one those camps. Located in Amuru district, it is home to some 40,000 men, women and children. The war has reached an uneasy peace, but many people still do not dare to go home, even though they have been waiting for two decades. And in a country with an average life expectancy of just 47 years, that's a long time to wait.<br />
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While they do, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is working to ensure that they can live in safety and dignity. This means the Office monitors human rights abuses, trains the police who manage the camps, and makes sure that the people here know their entitlements and where they can go for help when they need it.

Wasted, unable to stand or walk, Philomena is lucky to have two children to lean on. Her daughter is taking care of her in the camp, while her son is back in their village preparing their land for the family's eventual return. But Philomena herself is not sure whether she will ever go home. "I don't know if I will live for a month or a year or even more," she says. "If I live, that is well and good. If I die, that is also well and good."

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