LRA war: Women leaders call for more support for victims

Adjumani. The district leaders have asked government to initiate specific projects that would target locals who suffered during the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war.
According to the leaders, silence of the gun in the once war-ravaged region is not an indication that there is total peace in the area.
Speaking last Thursday at a meeting organised by Greater North Women’s Voices for Peace Network, a local NGO, the leaders claimed government projects such as Peace Recovery and Development Programme (PRDP) and Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF) were not benefiting the war victims.
The chairperson for Pakele Sub-county, Mr Wellborn Kenyi, said his office has compiled the list of war victims but none of the stakeholders have come to their aid.
“There is need to have those who suffered during the war compensated but this has not yet been done despite efforts made to have them paid,” he said.
Ms Josephine Ujio, the vice chairperson of Greater North Women’s Voices for Peace Network, said most war victims have failed to move away from abject poverty because what was meant to benefit them ended up on individuals’ accounts.
“War victims are still languishing in poverty because some government officials have grabbed what was meant to enhance their livelihood,” she said.
Many traders, students and locals lost their lives and property during the LRA war in ambushes on Gulu-Adjumani highways.
Ms Judith Acana, a member of the network said: “Silence of the war victims who suffered in the war does not mean peace until the issues they had gone through are addressed.”
She said victims of rape, forced marriage and those who were abducted by the LRA rebels are still traumatised and are in need of urgent psychosocial support.
Mr Stephen Drani, the paramount chief of the Madi, said the cultural leaders are ready to avail free land for anybody who will establish structures which will act as a rehabilitation centres for the war victims.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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