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Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the re-population of Acholiland in northern Uganda; and if he will make a statement. (205018)

The most recent report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, states that of the 1.1 million people in Internally Displaced Persons camps in the Acholi region of Uganda at the end of 2005, 9 per cent. have moved back to their villages of origin, with a further 32 per cent. in satellite sites, in transition to returning home. We are encouraged by this report and will continue to monitor the situation in northern Uganda closely.