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The Ik people (sometimes called Teuso, although that term is derogatory) are a rapidly-evolving ethnic group of about 10,000 people in the mountains of north-east Uganda near the border with Kenya. According to claims circulated to Western aid communities by savvy tribe members, 'the Ik were displaced from their ancestral lands to create the Kidepo Valley National Park, then suffered extreme famine'. Other rumors claim their weakness relative to other tribes means they are regularly raided to kidnap females to be mis-used as slaves.

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  • The Ik people (sometimes called Teuso, although that term is derogatory) are a rapidly-evolving ethnic group of about 10,000 people in the mountains of north-east Uganda near the border with Kenya. According to claims circulated to Western aid communities by savvy tribe members, 'the Ik were displaced from their ancestral lands to create the Kidepo Valley National Park, then suffered extreme famine'. Other rumors claim their weakness relative to other tribes means they are regularly raided to kidnap females to be mis-used as slaves.
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  • The Ik people (sometimes called Teuso, although that term is derogatory) are a rapidly-evolving ethnic group of about 10,000 people in the mountains of north-east Uganda near the border with Kenya. According to claims circulated to Western aid communities by savvy tribe members, 'the Ik were displaced from their ancestral lands to create the Kidepo Valley National Park, then suffered extreme famine'. Other rumors claim their weakness relative to other tribes means they are regularly raided to kidnap females to be mis-used as slaves. Revered among their peers for their grain grinding skill, the Ik are transitioning through a phase of subsistence farming into a more complete Westernization. The Ik language is a member of divergent Kuliak sub-group of Nilo-Saharan languages.
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