SUNDAY, 02 SEPTEMBER 2012 19:24
WRITTEN BY ALEX OTTO
About a third of the people abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Gulu alone are still unaccounted for, an NGO has said.
Statistics presented by Children and Youths as Peace Builders (CAP) Uganda this year indicate that some 1,036 abducted people in are still missing as a result of the conflict in northern Uganda. A new project, the Justice and Reconciliation Project, on Friday urged the Justice, Law and Order sector (JLOS) to come up with mechanisms to address the issue of missing persons.
The Right to Know campaign, launched on Friday August 31, arose from the realization that although the guns have fallen silent, many families continue to seek answers as to the whereabouts of their loved ones. Speaking at the launch of the campaign in Gulu, the Acholi paramount chief, Rwot David Onen Acana, urged families not to give up hope.
“It’s not too late for us to call for accountability for these people because we are not doing it for ourselves only but we are doing it for the past, the present and the future. Some people in history have never been traced. In Uganda we had different regimes and by the way of their rule and administration, some people disappeared and this was done in the manner of military action,” Acana said.