Amony who has since published a book titled “I am Evelyn Amony” says its important for victims of the LRA war in the region to share their story to find healing and encouraged fellow women to write their own stories.
The Refugee Law Project in collaboration with the Canadian Museum for
Human Rights has launched a travelling exhibition in Kitgum district.
The exhibition under the theme Ododo Wa; Stories of Girls in War was launched
on Monday at the National Memory and Peace Documentation Centre.
It traces the journey of two women from northern Uganda who were abducted while
still young girls and held in captivity by the Lord’s Resistance Army –LRA rebels.
The women upon their escape from captivity later became advocates for justice
and reparation in the country through sharing their own stories of life in
Isabelle Masson, a curator at the Canadian Museum says the exhibition is a
three years of work with conjugal slavery in war project directed by Professor
She says the exhibition that features original drawings created by LRA
survivors including Amony and Acan presents experience of girls and women in
war in the region.
Masson says the exhibit focuses on the story of Acan and Amony whose advocacy
through storytelling became a process of healing for survivors of the war.
Acan was among the 139 girls abducted in 1996 from St Mary’s College Aboke
while Amony was abducted while aged 11 years in 1994.
// cue in; “the idea was…
Cue out…in Uganda”//
She says the travel exhibition which includes two minutes’ video clips of
Acan and Amony sends a universal message that the voices of women In war
matters adding that through their stories, such victims can find long-lasting
// cue in; “the experience…
Cue out: “…using it”//
Amony who has since published a book titled “I am Evelyn Amony” says it is
important for victims of the LRA war in the region to share their story to find
healing and encouraged fellow women to write their own stories.
She noted that through such storytelling, the community is kept informed that
the victims who are sometimes stigmatized didn’t purposely join the LRA rebel
ranks but were forcefully abducted.
Amony says although it wasn’t easy opening up In the beginning about life in
captivity because of stigma in the past, she feels relieved currently that she
made her story known publicly.
luo // cue in; “tam na
Cue out…cwinya okweyo”//
Acan, on the other hand, says writing her own stories about life in
captivity helped her to get healing that would rather have taken long.
She says through her stories, she wanted to remove the misconception that all
those who were in captivity were wrong elements but rather narrate to the world
what abductees like her went through in the hands of the LRA rebels.
// cue in; “I chose sharing…
Cue out…they come back”//
The travel exhibition was first launched in Winipeg in Canada. It features
original dress worn by Amony and school sweater worn by Acan and their original
handwriting and drawings detailing their lives and environment in captivity.
Both Amony and Acan co-founded Uganda Women Advocacy Network with other fellow
former LRA abductees in 2008. The organization currently represents more
than 800 women formerly abducted by the LRA rebels in northern Uganda.