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With no income and no food except for aid packages, Betty's child soon began to suffer from malnutrition. George referred her situation to the Civil Military Cooperation Centre in nearby Gulu. The Centre, which aims to deal with human rights violations against civilians and includes staff from the army, the police, civil society and the Uganda Human Rights Commission, contacted Betty's husband and arranged for him to start sending food and other essentials to Betty in the camp. Betty's husband wrote this letter committing himself to looking after his wife and child. "With god as my witness, I will take care of you and the baby." it says in the letter. "Take care, Betty. I love you."<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.

With no income and no food except for aid packages, Betty's child soon began to suffer from malnutrition. George referred her situation to the Civil Military Cooperation Centre in nearby Gulu. The Centre, which aims to deal with human rights violations against civilians and includes staff from the army, the police, civil society and the Uganda Human Rights Commission, contacted Betty's husband and arranged for him to start sending food and other essentials to Betty in the camp. Betty's...
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