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Yumbe War Victims Demand Compensation :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Yumbe War Victims Demand Compensation

Siraji Gerile, the chairperson of Akaya War Claimants Association says there are 273 members in the association. He says due to the atrocities committed against them, none of the children of the victims has studied beyond the Ordinary level O Level because they are unable to pay school fees.
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War victims in Akaya in Kei Sub-County in Yumbe district are bitter over government's failure to compensate them for the atrocities they suffered at the hands of remnants of several guerilla wars between 1995-2002.

 

 

The victims voiced their grievances at a community dialogue on transitional justice organized by the Agency for Cooperation in Research and Development (ACORD) at the Sub-County headquarters early this week.  

50- year-old Zainab Candiru, a member of Akaya war claimants association revealed that she suffered injuries on the hip joint due sexual assault by the fighters during the war. According to Candiru, she also lost all her merchandise and property as it was torched by the guerillas. 

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Candiru also lost her child whom she was carrying on her back after falling on her as she tried to escape from a group of men who had sexually assaulted her. 

82-year-old- John Tata Abe says he lost more than ten cows during the insurgency and now complains of lack of support. The war victims are demanding for building materials and livestock to rebuild their lives.

 

 

Siraji Gerile, the chairperson of Akaya War Claimants Association says there are 273 members in the association. He says due to the atrocities committed against them, none of the children of the victims has studied beyond the Ordinary level (O' Level) because they are unable to pay school fees. 

In a written document to the president, the war victim demand that government should compensate them in the same way as other war claimants in northern Uganda have been supported.

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Gerile says they unsuccessfully attempted to petition Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) in vain.  According to Gerila, the Yumbe District Internal Security Officer assured them their complaints had reached the president but to date, they have not received any communication.

 

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Rogerson Drasi the representative of war claimants in Yumbe district says they were deprived of their livelihoods after their property was looted, relatives abducted or killed and women sexually assaulted.

 

Justus Muwhezi, the ACORD programme manager for West Nile region says they will continue lobbying for the victims until someone responds to their needs. Muhwezi stresses that some of the female victims need counseling and psychosocial support for the trauma they have suffered because of various forms of sexual assault. 

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Some of the perpetrators of these atrocities include remnants of the West Nile Bank Front (WNBF), the Uganda National Rescue Front (UNRF) 1&2, the National Resistance Army (NRA) and the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA). 

The government of Uganda through the Justice, Law and Order Sector in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has written a draft policy on transitional justice, but the draft policy remains on the shelves of cabinet. It aims at incorporating both judicial and non-judicial approaches to justice for victims of past insurgency across the country. 

Once passed into law, the policy will provide for the protection of witnesses and victims during trials, make justice accessible, initiate a national truth telling process, establish and implement a reparations program for the victims of the various conflicts. 

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