Acholi Paramount Chief Advises Former Abductees on Relationships

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Ker Kwaro Acholi, the Acholi cultural institution has urged former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel combatants to formalize their marriage by paying dowry as required by the culture.

Ker Kwaro Acholi, the Acholi cultural institution has urged former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel combatants to formalize their marriage by paying dowry as required by the culture.

George William Lugayi, the Ker Kwaro deputy premier wants former combatants who are cohabiting with former abductees to formalize their marriages.

Lugayi’s call follows reports that most of the women who were forcefully made to become wives to LRA combatants while in the bush are separating with their spouses because they have not been culturally married.

According to Lugayi, formal Acholi traditional marriage could bring an end to the problem. He argues that in Acholi, no one will be called a wife unless all the formal traditional steps in marriage are adhered to.

Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu Local Council Chairperson noted recently during a peace and reconciliation consultative meeting organized by Invisible Children that most of the former LRA abductees are facing challenges in starting up a new life after escaping from the bush.

Mapenduzi says many of the former abductees were forced into relationships and are now finding it hard to accept the bitter reality.

He however urged them to move on despite the painful past adding that these children need to be helped.

Right Reverend Johnson Gakumba, the Bishop of Northern Uganda Diocese, also appealed to the former abductees to stick to the relationship that developed during their stay in captivity.

The Lord’s Resistance Army rebels abducted and forced hundreds of young girls from northern Uganda to become wives of rebel commanders.

Most of those who were rescued from captivity are however finding it hard to continue with the relationships.