Iteso Leader Wants Govt To Locate Missing Children

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The Iteso Cultural Leader Emorimor Augustine Lemukol Osuban has asked Government to pursue and recover 196 children who were abducted by Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in Teso in 2003.

The Iteso Cultural Leader Emorimor Augustine Lemukol Osuban has asked Government to pursue and recover 196 children who were abducted by Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in Teso in 2003.

Osuban revealed this on Wednesday after launching a team of 50 members headed by Stephen Enokokin, the minister for environment and Natural resources at the Iteso Cultural Union (ICU). The team is tasked with preparing for the prayer services for the civilians and Arrow militia who were killed during the LRA invasion of Teso in June 2003.
 
On June 15, 2003, LRA rebels led by Vincent Otti crossed to Teso and occupied the districts of Amuria, Kaberamaido and parts of Soroti, before being driven out by the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) and Arrow Boys militia in a five-month campaign.

The Emorimor, who is going to grace the annual memorial events on June 15, says  the ceremony will involve the throwing  away of  the ashes of the fire that will be lit on June 14, 2013  at Obalanga Mass Graves. Obalanga, located in Amuria district near the border with Dokolo district, was the first place where the rebels attacked killing hundreds of people.

He says invitations have been sent to cultural leaders of Buganda, Busoga, Acholi, Lango, Alur, Tooro, Sebei, Karamoja and Jopadhola.

 Osuban adds that, religious leaders, Political leaders and other dignitaries are among the invited persons.

He pointed out that on the same day, the Iteso Cultural Union will launch The Iteso Education Trust Fund that will take care of all orphans widows and other vulnerable people left behind by the insurgencies that affected the region.

He commended government for bringing an end to the insurgencies that caused havoc to his subjects.
Former Amuria LC5 chairperson Julius Ocen told Uganda Radio Network that the LRA massacred at least 365 people in Obalanga Sub County alone.

He said that according to the survey done by Amuria District Development Agency, 196 children are still unaccounted for.

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.