Emmanuel Ochora Lagedo, the deputy Prime Minister Acholi Chiefdom, says many organizations have joined efforts to get the abductees freed. He says the group has not yet asked for any ransom for the group.
The out growers, from the district of Gulu, Amuru, Lamwo and Adjumani say they are stuck with hectares of sugar cane plantations in the absence of the factory which was anticipated to be their sole buyer.
The Lendu are an indigenous people in Ituri, particularly in Djugu Zone. Anthropologists usually describe them as belonging to the Sudanic stock, whose words are in single syllable. The Hema and Bagegere are Bantu-speaking people. They related to the Banyoro and Alur of Uganda. At one time they were a part of the ancient Bunyoro Kitara kingdom.