Returning to Normal in Northern Uganda:


Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 12:00


Joanne Corbin
Dr. Joanne Corbin


A Qualitative Study of Individuals' Experiences to Return Home After Armed Conflict

Dr. Joanne Corbin is an Associate Professor of Social Work, Smith College School of Social Work. The 20 year armed conflict in Northern Uganda involving the LRA diminished in intensity by 2006-2007. Residents of Internally Displaced Persons' (IDP) camps were being encouraged to return to their former home areas. This qualitative study examines the experiences of residents that were settled in one IDP camp. Some have return to resettlement villages or their former villages; others have decided to remain in the camp.

Responses from those interviewed help us to understand the decisions around remaining in the camp or returning home. Whether individuals decided to remain or return, all had to make choices about resuming livelihoods, re-establishing cultural practices and values, and recreating community. This study is an extension of Dr. Corbin's 2005 study on resettlement experiences of formerly abducted children in Northern Uganda.