Landmine Survivors Petition Gov't For Compensation

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Monica Piloya, the chairperson of Gulu Landmine Survivors, says most of their members are languishing in abject poverty because they cant fend for themselves because of the injuries they sustained.

Landmine survivors in Acholi region have petitioned government over its failure to compensate them for the injuries they sustained during the Lord's Resistance Army insurgency. In their January 15th letter, through their umbrella body the Northern Uganda War Survivors Association-NUWASA, the landmine survivors accuse government of neglecting them.
 
 
The Northern Uganda War Survivors Association is comprised of 309 members. "We are extremely concerned with the state of our poverty. We understand the NRM government`s programmes on ‘prosperity for all, wealth creation' have resulted into extreme budget cut, but the quality of victims of war has dropped tremendously….", reads the petition by the association General Secretary, George Oringa.

 
Adding that, "Most victims lost their regular source of income and were reduced to destitute because of their inability to continue working…."
 
Monica Piloya, the chairperson of Gulu Landmine Survivors, says most of their members are languishing in abject poverty because they can't fend for themselves because of the injuries they sustained.
 
 
Piloya, who is a mother of four children, lost her right leg in the landmine blast. "Our lives are based on farming but like for my case I cannot farm on only one leg. I am suffering in poverty but government cannot take concern,'' Piloya said.
 
 
She noted that the government has compensated soldiers who were injured by landmines in Somalia but they have been neglected. According to Piloya, they had earlier planned to demonstrate to protest their poor living conditions but dropped the idea and opted to petition government.
 
 
Piloya says they want government to provide them support through programs like the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund-NUSAF and also establish a special wing at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital to provide them with artificial limbs at no cost.
 
 
An artificial limb costs between Shillings 600.000 and 1 million. The limbs are replaced after about six month or one year.  George Oringa, the Treasurer, Gulu Landmine Survivor's Association lost both limbs during the LRA attack in Pabbo sub county in Amuru district in 1996.
 
 
According to Oringa, they are finding it difficult to survive due to lack of support from government. Santo Okot Lapolo, the Gulu Resident District Commissioner has promised to present the petition of the landmine survivors to President Yoweri Museveni. 

 

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