Victims of Gender Based Violence Get Shelter in Pader


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The shelter will provide household support, counseling and treatment services to the beneficiaries who include among others, battered women, children from unstable families, street kids and homeless persons.

Victims of gender based violence and homeless people now have access to a public shelter built by the chief of Paibwore clan in Pader district.

The shelter located in Dure Parish, Latanya Sub County, some 12 Kilometers south of Kitgum Town will provide household support, counseling and treatment services to the beneficiaries.

It will also serve as a transit center where members can be reunited with their families and where gender based violence victims can be reconciled with their partners.

Food, bedding and water for persons who will seek refuge at the shelter, will be contributed by the subjects of the chiefdom.

Rwot Dermoi Oweka Ajao II, the Chief of Paibwore says that up to 416 people who went missing from his territory at the height of the Lord's Resistance Army conflict cannot be accounted for to-date.

He adds that depression that resulted from the war has also pushed many of his subjects into alcoholism and gender based violence.

He is however optimistic that the shelter will facilitate people separated from their relatives during the Lord's Resistance Army conflict to trace and locate each other as the abducted gradually escape and return home.
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While opening its doors to the public, Rwot Dermoi Oweka, performed a cleansing ritual aimed at inviting the homeless and missing persons. The ceremony was code named "Lwongo Dano Ma Orwenyo", literally translated as; "calling the missing persons".
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Jackson Odong, a transitional justice specialist and Center Manager of the Kitgum based National Memory and Peace Documentation Centre welcomes the initiative. Odong says the center has already documented the shelter for its associated justice mechanisms aimed at dealing with the after effects of the conflict on individuals.
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Odong also calls for a supportive transitional justice policy framework to help communities in post conflict northern Uganda to derive the most benefits from such community led justice mechanisms.
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87-year-old Pereji Layet, an elderly woman resident in Lobo Latek village in Dure Parish, Latanya Sub County says the shelter is empowering for women who had nowhere to turn to after being trapped in abusive relationships.


About the author

Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.