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Peace Beyond Reach

Ugandan children still at risk due to protracted talks.

More than 700 people from 40 states gathered in Washington D.C. last week to urge the U.S. government and the international community to more visibly support peace in war-ravaged northern Uganda.

Since late August, a precarious cease-fire has been in place. The United Nations has described the conflict as "one of the worst human-rights crises of the past century."

"The once great optimism for a final end to this conflict is quickly dissipating. And with each passing day, more lives are put in danger," said Rep. Chris Smith, (R-N.J.), chairman of the House International Relations' Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations subcommittee.

"The U.S. must be more visible in helping to bring this terrible and despicable war to an end," Smith said. He has introduced a bill [HR 5966] to stop children from serving as soldiers in wars.

Twenty years of fighting between the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government has displaced nearly 2 million people. An estimated 30,000 ...

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