Uganda: understanding the volatile environment

Through our Blog Series, we present the difficult environment in which former child soldiers live. In addition to this challenging setting, the population have had to survive through at least seven civil wars since the early 1980s. The first civil war killed a million people and injured 600,000 others. At the end of the war in 1986, Museveni from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) became the President.

Mental illness as an enormous disease burden in African societies

As we’ve already started to highlight in our Blog Series and as we’ll continue to describe the situation there, Uganda is characterised by poverty, inequality, a high prevalence of food insecurity, HIV/AIDS and other diseases and, especially, mental illness due to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) movement which began in 1987.

Internationally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that mental disorders account for thirty per cent of all non-fatal diseases and ten per cent of the overall disease burden that includes death and disability.

New Blog Series: Uganda, the country that saw children become soldiers (part 1)

New website means new blog series!

At I am Somebody’s Child Soldier (IamSCS), a lot of new and exciting things are happening! 2017 is a great year for us as we launch our new website and our two main projects: the Women Returnees campaign and the Laroo ADRA campaign. Both of the projects that we present on the charity website are not only helping those in need, but are also assisting IamSCS to make the required changes and to take action to reach the international Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that all charities, institutions and governments are working towards.

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Who Are Child Soldiers?

Author: rina Nazarkina / Posted Mar 15, 2016

In this post I am going to tell you everything you need to know about child soldiers. Firstly, who can be called a child?

The legal definition of ‘a child’, according to The Human Rights Act of 2008, is ‘a child’ is anyone who has not reached the age of 18. The age of child soldier can vary and some child soldiers are as young as 6 years old. There is no way that a child psychology is fully developed at young stages, which increases a chance of mental illness.

Meet the Execs!

Author: Admin / Posted Oct 16, 2014

SHIRAH Z MANSARAY

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

After spending six months working with Amnesty International in my teens, I decided I wanted to become a human rights lawyer. I then spent the next three years working with British Red Cross, Voluntary Services Overseas, Women’s Royal Voluntary Services, Friends of the Earth and Age Concern.