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Guelph Gulu Walk marches for peace

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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  • Dressed in bright orange t-shirts and carrying signs, around 40 students came out to the Guelph Gulu Walk this year in supp

    Dressed in bright orange t-shirts and carrying signs, around 40 students came out to the Guelph Gulu Walk this year in supp

  • Volunteers explain the history of Gulu Walk

    Volunteers explain the history of Gulu Walk

  • Students walk down Gordon St.

    Students walk down Gordon St.

Written by Oriana Tahireh Marsh

On Saturday, University of Guelph students took a walk from Branion Plaza to St. George's Square and back - an unremarkable event, if not for the fact that they were raising awareness about violence in a country thousands of miles away.

Dressed in bright orange t-shirts and carrying signs, around 40 students came out to the Guelph Gulu Walk this year in support of Uganda's efforts to heal from 20 years of war.

Gulu Walk is an annual event held in over 15 countries around the world. The organization was started in 2005 in support of the "night commuters"; families who left their homes at night to escape violence stemming from Uganda's bloody civil war, at the time consideredAfrica's longest-running conflict.

Soldiers with the Ugandanese Lord's Resistance Army, an anti-government militia, have been waging an on again, off military campaign against the Ugandan government in the North of the country since the 1980s.

The group has been accused of widespread human rights abuses, including mass rapes and kidnapping of children to use as soldiers.

A ceasfire signed in 2006 has largely halted the conflict and stopped the flow of night commuters. Gulu Walk Movement has since shifted its fundraising efforts to supporting reconstruction and providing education for Ugandan youth.

Over 30,000 people walked for Uganda in 2008, according to national organizers.

For more information, go to www.guluwalk.com.

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