Amnesty Commission Distributes Money to Former LRA Returnees

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Lucy Acen, 30, a former LRA abductee living in Camp Ajwaa village, Adilang Sub-County in Agago district appealed to the Commission to lobby for more support especially for single mothers who returned from captivity with children.

The Amnesty Commission Uganda - ACU has distributed Shillings 13 million to 29 ex-combatants and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army-LRA returnees. 
 
 
The financial support is meant to give the ex-combatants who have since been resettled in their communities a fresh start to help them recover economically.
 
 
Each of the beneficiaries received Shillings 462,000. The returnees are drawn from Kitgum, Agago, Pader, Lamwo and Lira districts.

 

Addressing the beneficiaries at their Kitgum based offices on Monday, Damiano Kato, the Secretary Amnesty Commission, said their interventions are crippled by financial constraints.
 
 

Kato said the cash support is a new method to help clear the backlog of former abductees who never benefited from the resettlement package.


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Lucy Acen, 30, a former LRA abductee living in Camp Ajwaa village, Adilang Sub-County in Agago district appealed to the Commission to lobby for more support especially for single mothers who returned from captivity with children.
 

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Christopher Musereka, the Chairperson of former captives in Agago, says there is an overwhelming population of formerly abducted persons who need humanitarian support. Musereka implored Amnesty Commission to begin interacting more with reporters at the grassroots.

 
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Government renewed the mandate of the Amnesty Commission for another year to allow it to engage with its beneficiaries and wind up the reintegration of former LRA abductees in Northern Uganda. 
 

Led by Justice Peter Onega, the Commission recently traversed Northern Uganda to consult on the economic situation and livelihood needs of the former abductees. Up to Shillings 4.5 billion was disbursed by government to facilitate the reintegration efforts. 



The Commission has granted Amnesty certificates to 28,000 reporters since the Amnesty Act was enacted in 2000. At least 9,414 former combatants who renounced rebellion against the government of Uganda from different rebel groups have since been reintegrated. 




More than 6,000 of the beneficiaries are women. 13,650 are former LRA abductees whereas 21,185 former combatants have been reintegrated in their communities.