While no Karimojong wants to go back to insecurity, violence and famine, or to be isolated from opportunity, nearly every Karimojong wants to return to their homeland. So why have large-scale resettlment efforts powered by millions of dollars by International Aid Organizations and Government Agencies mostly failed? In large part it is because the policy regarding the Karimojong has been shaped by the idea that they are economic migrants. In reality the Karimojong are Internally Displaced People - domestic refugees of war. This view shapes resettlment policy and fails to address the root causes of their displacement.
Since Uganda's government has secured the region, the door is wide-open for the Karimojong to uproot from the slums and root in their homeland. Nonetheless, groundwork for such efforts must have a deep understanding of the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges each family has to building a new life in Karimoja. A relational approach will enable us to respond with the needed nuance and is by nature committed to each families' success. And, while it is a small-scale approach, it is built on a model of multiplication, encouraging those who resettle to help others return the favour... to do for others what's has been done to them. Our dream is that the first generation will be the seeds of a homesteading movement. To learn more about our wholistic approach to resettling the Karimojong in their homeland click here.