IDPs Plead for Success in LRA Peace Talks

1220 Views Lira, Uganda
Hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons in Lira district have asked government and leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army rebels, to find an amicable solution to the northern conflict and ensure their safe return home. An elder at Lango cultural center IDP camp, Peter Ojep, says several IDPs are optimistic that if peace succeeds, they will move back to their villages, and be resettled in their homes. He said that cultural activities can only resume once the IDPs have returned home. //Cue in: iWe from the camp here # Cue out: #should stop the war."// The IDPs living in camps within Lira Municipality complained that life in the camps was becoming more deplorable after humanitarian aid agencies stopped providing assistance to IDPs living in urban centers. Ojep says most people are worried about the poor infrastructure in the communities back home. He says there are no schools, health centres require reconstruction, roads need to be built and boreholes must be drilled. He however says the IDPs are optimistic that as long as security is guaranteed, they will be able to start up projects in their communities. //Cue in: iWhen we are staying here # Cue out: #our people were learning."//


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