Tom Agwa, the Barlonyo B village LCI Chairperson says that more than 5,000 residents in the area lack water. He says that the residents fetch water from the only borehole which also constantly breaks down and is shared with five schools.
The 16th memorial prayer comes in the wake of the ongoing ICC investigation and additional charges against LRA indictee Dominic Ongwen, but the victims in Omot are yet to see their perpetrators brought to book or any form of accountability or reparation for their suffering.
Mario Ogang, the area LC III chairperson says much as they are happy that the president constructed a vocational school, he has left out a primary school which he said is the key foundation of education.
Survivors of the 2004 Barlonyo Massacre in Lira district have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to speed up processes to arrest the indicted Lordâ€™s Resistance Army rebel commanders. On October 14th 2005, ICC issued arrest warrants for crimes against humanity and war crimes for the five senior LRA leaders including Joseph Kony, Vincent Otti, Okot Odhiambo, Dominic Ongwen, and Raska Lukwiya.
Over 200 children living at Barlonyo memorial site in Lira district are stranded after a Government-established technical institute failed to open this academic year. In 2004 while at the burial of over 300 people massacred by the Lordâ€™s Resistance Army rebels, President Yoweri Museveni pledged to build a technical Institute, and a Bridge in the area in memory of the dead.
In February 2004, during the mass burial of over 300 civilians that were massacred by Lordâ€™s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels at Barlonyo IDP Camp on the 21st day of that month, President Yoweri Museveni pledged to build a vocational institute.
Police in Lira are holding five people over alleged theft solar panel at Barlonyo Memorial Site in Ogur Sub County, Lira district. Barlonyo memorial site, located 28 kilometers north of Lira town in northern Uganda, was built at the spot where the Lordâ€™s Resistance Army attacked a camp for the displaced people and killed at least 300 civilians on February 21 2004.
Survivors of the 2004 attack on Barlonyo displaced peoplesâ€™ camp in Ogur Sub County Lira district, have asked the government to consider pardoning the captured Lordâ€™s Resistance Armyâ€”LRA rebel commander, â€œMajor Generalâ€ Caesar Acellam.
The cultural institution in Lango, the Lango Cultural Foundation, has started plans to take over the management of Barlonyo Memorial Site located in Agweng Sub County, Lira district. Barlonyo is a former internally displaced peoples (IDP) camp where more than 300 people were massacred on February 21, 2004 by the suspected fighters of the Lordâ€™s Resistance Army.
Once back in their community owing to the relative peace, the survivors have since established themselves in petty businesses that are gradually changing the outlook of Barlonyo from an IDP camp to a trading center. On a visit to the area, one is greeted by a line of permanent buildings with people trading in merchandise, ongoing construction and a general sense of business though on a small scale.
Faced with an absence of any meaningful psychosocial support to heal their painful past, the community of Barlonyo has opted to place their hope in the services provided by the many churches that have opened up at the former camp for displaced people.
Thirteen year old Jacqueline Aceng is unhappy that she will not be joining senior one at her dream school at Apala Secondary School, about ten kilometers from their home at Barlonyo, the former IDP camp where rebels killed hundreds of people in February 2004.
Survivors of the February 2004 massacre at Barlonyo in Lira district want to witness the trial of Col. Thomas Kwoyelo, the former Lordâ€™s Resistance Army brigade commander. The trial is due to start on July 11th at the War Crimes Division of the High Court in Gulu. Kwoyelo faces 12 counts of willful killing, abductions and torture.