The Right to Know Campaign – “Missing Persons” Documentary

JRP's Community Mobilisation Team Leader talks to the family of a missing person during the filming of the documentary in Obalanga, Amuria District.

Last week, as part of JRP’s Right to Know Campaign and in preparation for the International Day of the Disappeared, the Community Mobilisation Department, in collaboration with the Communications Department, travelled to Teso and Lira to film the stories of individuals that are missing as a result of conflict. We highlighted the circumstances surrounding their disappearance, the plight of their family and friends after their disappearance and the advocacy activities by family and friends to find out the whereabouts of the missing person and/or truth about his or her fate. The Missing Persons documentary will focus on four stories (one from each sub region) which include Acholi, Lango, Teso and West Nile.

It has become evident that the victims are struggling (at their local levels) to seek acknowledgement for the experiences they have gone through. Those whose relatives are still missing and/or unaccounted for continue to seek answers to the whereabouts of their loved ones and the uncertainty about the fate of their relatives is a harsh reality for countless families in Northern Uganda. Countless children, siblings, spouses and children are desperately trying to find lost relatives, but not knowing whether their members are alive or dead means they are unable to obtain closure on the violent events that have disrupted their lives.