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Parliament Seeks Special Fund for Female LRA Abductees

The motion tabled by Gulu Municipality MP Lyandro Komakech notes that whereas several women were captured against their will, and came out of captivity with offsprings, the government has not taken responsibility to rehabilitate them, in order to give them a new start and hope in life.
Apollo Jessie an officer with amnesty commission in Gulu welcomes Abang Dillis and other women and children from the bush

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Parliament has passed a motion calling for deliberate support to former female abductees and children born in captivity during the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern and Eastern Uganda.

The motion tabled by Gulu Municipality MP Lyandro Komakech notes that whereas several women were captured against their will, and came out of captivity with offspring's, the government has not taken responsibility to rehabilitate them, in order to give them a new start and hope in life.

He says that efforts to support communities that were affected by the LRA insurgency never targeted women, who were abandoned by the men, and are now living destitute lives, with no family, no land or property and no access to basic needs.

The motion urged the government to identify and profile women who were abducted and bore children while in captivity. It also seeks to restructure the current financing by creating a specific fund, social protection and a rehabilitation programme for women and their children.

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Kalaki County MP Kenneth Ogalo Obote says that women and children have suffered for most of their lives even during the post-conflict period. He, however, says the proposal should cover all areas affected by the LRA rebellion, from West Nile, Acholi and areas of Teso among others.

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Nakapiripirit Woman MP Esther Anyakun faulted the government for surrendering the role of protecting women to Non-Government Organizations. She observes that most of these women were not resettled and currently leave a challenging life.

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State Minister for Northern Uganda Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny says the government is committed to supporting organized groups of women and their children.

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The LRA insurgency lasted for two decades in the Northern part of Uganda leaving approximately 100,000 people dead and nearly two million people displaced.  The fighting ended in 2006, with limited rebel activity in the region as insurgents reportedly fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan and the Central African Republic.

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