It Was Only the Gun Speaking, With a Pool of Blood Flowing The Ombaci Massacre: June 24, 1981

It Was Only the Gun Speaking, With a Pool of Blood Flowing: The Ombaci Massacre: June 24, 1981 JRP Field Note 20, June 2014

It Was Only the Gun Speaking, With a Pool of Blood Flowing: The Ombaci Massacre: June 24, 1981
JRP Field Note 20, June 2014

Located just 4 kilometres north-west of Arua town on the Kaya Highway/Rhino Camp Road, in Arua District is Ombaci College. On Wednesday, June 24, 1981, the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) attacked civilians who had taken refuge at Ombaci Colleges, claiming the lives of close to 100 people and leaving countless wounded.

This report presents a detailed account of what took place during the Ombaci Massacre and the lasting effect it has had on the survivors based on individual interviews and focus group discussions with survivors and relatives of the victims.

The massacre was by all accounts extremely chaotic, with groups of soldiers entering from all sides of the school and mission, and roving from room to room shooting and looting. This highlights the challenges survivors continue to face and make a number of recommendations which arose from our interviews, chiefly a call for compensation of survivors, as well as support for livelihoods, education, and reconciliation.

Read the entire report here:

Ombaci (English)

Ombaci (Lugbara)

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