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Northern Uganda suffered from civil unrest since the early 1980s. Hundreds of people were killed in the rebellion against the Ugandan government, and an estimated 400-thousand people were left homeless. Political violence increased in Kampala with the 1998 and 1999 bombings of several popular restaurants nightclubs, and other public places. Eight foreign tourists, including two Americans, were murdered by an Interehamwe guerilla group in Bwindi National Forest in March 1999. Rebels were active in the northern and western sections of Uganda.
British Tullow Oil plc said Thursday it had discovered a new field in Uganda estimated to have up to 50 million barrels.
While the latest findings raise the confirmed figure to more than 700 million, industry watchers believe that when all exploration is finished total reserves could reach two billion barrels