Amnesty Commission Delivers Equipment to Former LRA Abductees

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Henry Araali Basaliza, the demobilisation and resettlement officer with Amnesty Commission in Kitgum says the motive is to empower the youth to send children to school, afford a balanced diet and meet other family responsibilities.

A donation from the Amnesty Commission has boosted the livelihoods of 15 former Lord's Resistance Army - LRA - abductees in Kitgum district.
 
The Commission on Thursday handed over a flour milling machine worth 3 million shillings to Wutam Pi Anyim youth group in Labongo Amida sub county, in Kitgum district.
 
It says the donation is to empower the unemployed youth to engage in agro-processing and value addition for better household income and livelihoods.
 
Henry Araali Basaliza, the demobilisation and resettlement officer with Amnesty Commission in Kitgum says the motive is to empower the youth to send children to school, afford a balanced diet and meet other family responsibilities.
 
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Basaliza says many of the demobilised LRA fighters in Acholi and Lango sub regions continue to live in abject poverty with limited access to land.
 
Receiving the donation, Simon Odokonyero, the chairperson of the group said their reintegration needs are diverse. He appealed to Amnesty Commission to continue tracking their recovery among communities.
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Wilfred Nyeko, the Labongo Amida sub county chairperson urged the youth to embrace agro-processing and rebuild their lives. He said the Commission will construct and equip an agro-processing centre for the war-affected youth.

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As of May 2012, the Amnesty Commission had facilitated the granting of Amnesty to at least 26,200 ex-combatants from 29 different rebel groups in Uganda. Of these, 12,970 were former combatants from LRA.
 
The Amnesty Act has three main functions: providing amnesty to rebels who renounce rebellion and give up their arms; facilitating an institutionalised resettlement and repatriation process; and providing reintegration support, including skills training for ex-combatants, and promoting reconciliation.
 
The act also establishes an Amnesty Commission tasked with implementing the act and issuing certificates of amnesty.

 

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