Barlonyo Community Still Waiting for Missing Relatives

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Nearly thirty people are still missing eight years since the rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army attacked Barlonyo displaced people’s camp in Lira district, killing at least 300 people.

Nearly thirty people are still missing eight years since the rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army attacked Barlonyo displaced people’s camp in Lira district, killing at least 300 people.
 
Tuesday February 21, 2012 marked eight years since the rebel attack but since that day, there are names that have not been traced by their relatives and friends.

Moses Ogwang, the Barlonyo LC1 chairman explains that twenty seven members of the community went missing after the attack but added that 9 of these have since returned leaving eighteen unaccounted for. Ogwang said there has been no word on the whereabouts of the missing persons since the attack. He said they are still hopeful that someday the missing persons would return to their families.

Ogwang said the families at the former IDP camp meet twice every year to share experiences and seek ways of coping with the problems occasioned by the attack, which also left many people maimed.

He claims that the number of people killed by the attack has since increased to over 900 following the discovery of more bodies away from the camp. URN could not verify this information. A memorial constructed at Barlonyo to remember the victims of the rebel attack indicates that 121 people died on the day although the residents of the camp quote a much higher number. Even Humanitarian Aid Agencies put the figure at more than 300 people.

Every year on February 21, people from near and far join the community to remember the victims of the attack at the memorial site, which has since been taken over by Uganda National Museum.