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Six New LRA Victims Assistance Programs in Offing :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Six New LRA Victims Assistance Programs in Offing

Scott says the Fund which has since disbursed 8.75 Million Euros approximately 39 Billion shillings since 2008 in Northern Uganda, currently disburse an average of 1.2 million Euros about 5.3 Billion shillings annually.
Trust Fund for Victims Uganda Programs Manager Scott Bartell (Middle) and Maria Mabinty Kamara the Uganda ICC Field Out Officer (R) and Sarah Kihika Kasande of the International Center for Transitional Justice (L)

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The Trust Fund for Victims is set to launch additional six new projects for enhancing assistance programs for victims of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) conflict in November.

At least 30 organizations are being evaluated to implement the new assistance programs in some of the districts underserved by civil society organizations in northern Uganda.

Scott Bartell, the Programs Manager of Trust Funds for Victims in Uganda says the programs will be launched to replace nine ongoing projects which are due to expire in November.

Scott says the introduction of the new projects were informed by an evaluation of service delivery gaps in Lord's Resistance Army affected areas, conducted last year.

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Speaking to ten Ugandan delegates visiting The Hague for the opening statement of the defense of Dominic Ongwen from Kampala, Scott said the Funds started working in Northern Uganda in 2008. 

The Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese Dr. John Baptist Odama, one of the delegates said that victims assistance is a very costly venture to implement. He appreciated the Trust Funds for Victims for its continued assistance to victims of the conflict. 

Bishop Nelson Onono Onweng, the Retired Bishop of Northern Uganda Diocese, also a member of the delegation said the trust Funds for Victims should build capacity of local governments to implement its assistance programs in Northern Uganda in the post mandate era.

Set up in 2002 under the Rome Statute, the Trust Fund for Victims implements programs for reparations ordered by the International Criminal Court as well as assistance to victims affected by war crimes and crimes against humanity or genocide.

Scott says the Fund which has since disbursed 8.75 Million Euros (approximately 39 Billion shillings) since 2008 in Northern Uganda, currently disburses an average of 1.2 million Euros (about 5.3 Billion shillings) annually.

The programs are implemented by community development partners who support victims of the Lord's Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda. Since implementation started in Northern Uganda, Scott says more than 45,000 victims have benefitted directly from the funds while another 200,000 have benefitted indirectly.

The programs will integrate psychological assistance with livelihood supports in agriculture and vocational skills training to undertake physical rehabilitation of victims and survivors of the conflict for victims living with fragments of bombs and bullets in their bodies.

Currently the Programs are being implemented by eight Non-government organizations in Lango, Acholi and Teso sub regions. They are Amuria District Development Agency (ADDA), Ayira Health Services (AHS), Association of Volunteers in International Service (AVSI) and Center for Children in Vulnerable Situations (CCVS).

The others are Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), Gulu Women Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G), North Chilli Producers Association (NECPA) and Transcultural Psychological Organization (TPO).