Much of the southern part of the country returned to normality but the roads to the north remained extremely dangerous as bands of guerrillas continued to control various areas. It was complicated further by rebel activities within Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Surface transport became and remains incredibly dangerous during times of rebel activity and many people have been attacked on the roads.
In the last few years, rebel activity by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) increased dramatically, leading to an increase in requests for flights particularly to and from Gulu and up to Kitgum, northern Uganda. The LRA, led by Joseph Kony, has a violent track record of abduction and murder. Many people have died and hundreds of thousands live in fear. Overland travel in the north, once difficult is now impossible. Peace talks, which began in July 2006, offered a ray of hope for an end to this 20-year conflict, but following several breakdowns in the talks, there is still no resolution.
In the far-west of Uganda, there are groups of rebels coming over from the continuing tribal based conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Travel in this region of Uganda is very difficult unless through flight.
Internal flights are concentrated on the west, north and north-east. We put particular emphasis on flights to the Karamoja region in the north-east as this is the most under-developed region and suffers from insecurity due to banditry and the effects of the LRA.
In 2003, operations extended to include cross-border flights into southern Sudan. These flights have become vitally time-saving for many key organisations working to rehabilitate and develop southern Sudan.
MAF in Uganda is registered as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with permission to fly for churches, missions and other NGOs.
Operations are based from a small airstrip at Kajjansi, only 9 miles outside the capital, Kampala.
Key organisations MAF serves within Uganda
(16 Nov 2012)
MAF is appealing to as many people as possible to pray for a sick baby we recently flew in Uganda.
(07 Jun 2012)
What’s it like to fly with one of our pilots? Who flies with us? How are we helping? Questions we all ask. Jill Vine, working in Uganda joins her husband on a flight in Uganda and tells us more. Read on to hear her thoughts…..
(19 Dec 2011)
An account from pilot Greg Vine, based in Uganda, who flew a team investigating an agricultural project in Kenya with the intention of starting similar projects in northern Uganda.
(15 Apr 2011)
Our short-term relief pilot Bryan Pill has been flying out in Uganda for the last few weeks
(30 Mar 2011)
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