The group under their umbrella, Lango Former LRA Captives and Returnees Association notes that most of them are in dire need for help, yet government has done little to facilitate their reintegration into the community.
More than 500 former Lord's Resistance Army -LRA abductees in
Lango sub-region are demanding for compensation from the government.
The group under their umbrella, Lango Former LRA Captives and
Returnees Association notes that most of them are in dire need for help, yet
government has done little to facilitate their reintegration into the
They specifically want government to consider initiating special program
through the Ministry of Northern Uganda that can directly support them to enhance
their financial status and ensure total rehabilitation.
Philips Ogile, a resident of Abok Sub County in Oyam district spent two years
in LRA Captivity and returned in 2000 says many of the ex-captives are poor
because they lack the required education to acquire jobs following their
prolonged stay under captivity.
Ogile faulted government for failing to finance their rehabilitation processes,
neglecting their efforts to resettle after years in captivity.
He says that their attempts to seek for support from the
government have failed.
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Ogile says are now contemplating legal action since it
was their constitutional mandate of government to protect them from insurgency.
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Harriet Akello, 32, a resident of Ogur Sub County, says that she
should be compensated for the four years she spent in the bush while in captivity.
According to Akello, all her dreams of education were shattered
since her parents were also killed by the rebels at the time of her abduction.
Solomon Okello, another victim who was forcefully abducted and
conscripted into LRA ranks during the Barlonyo IDP raid, says many youths who
were abducted have remained jobless and battling life frustrations.
In 2016, the group first petitioned Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanya
seeking for support but up to date, they have never been supported by the government.
Jane Ekoyu, the Executive Director of Children for Peace a local
NGO operating in Lango sub-region says they have been conducting various
rehabilitation programs for the former captives.
Between 1987 and 2007, Lango sub-region was subjected to countless
human rights atrocities by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army –LRA.
is estimated that over 20,000 children were abducted by the LRA, many of whom
were forced to commit horrific acts of violence while others fled their homes.