By: Martin Odong and Isaac Okot
Atiak massacre survivors get livelihood support from government
Gulu- Survivors of the 1995 Atiak Massacre in Amuru District where about 300 people were hacked to death by the Lord’s Resistance Army, have received support from the government.
The support comes amid complaints from the survivors that the government has not done enough to improve their livelihoods.
Under their umbrella body, the Atiak Massacre Survivors Association, they were recently given 15 head of cattle under the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund II project.
The association chairperson, Mr Jacob Nokorach, said the animals will go a long way in increasing household income and providing education, especially those orphaned by the massacre. “
The government is now responding to our needs especially in the areas of livelihood as we had asked,” Mr Nokorach said.
The area MP, Mr Gilbert Olanya, welcomed the gesture but said the government should do more to provide education to the survivors.
“Education is still paramount; Atiak Technical School should be a model school and scholarships should be given to children who lost their parents,” Mr Olanya said.
The chairperson Acholi Parliamentary Group, Mr Reagan Okumu, said the survivors need tangible assets that can benefit even the victims’ grandchildren.
In August last year, President Museveni gave Shs50 million to the survivors as a fulfillment of a pledge he made in 2011 during prayers for those who lost their lives.