World Vision Considers Closing Gulu Reception Center

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Mugalula says that despite the fact that the reception center operates on a high budget he didn’t disclose; only a few former LRA captives are returning.

World Vision Uganda is considering closing the reception center for former LRA abductees in Gulu citing high operational costs. Paddy Mugalula, the World Vision program manager says that they are considering closing the center in March 2013. Mugalula says that despite the fact that the reception center operates on a high budget he didn’t disclose; only a few former LRA captives are returning. He explains that they have only received 8 former captives since this year begun, compared 200 children they would receive each month about seven years ago.

Mugalula says that it is hard for World Vision to raise the money needed to run the center. He says that World Vision will continue rendering support to the former captives whenever it is necessary. Mugalula says that World Vision has now shifted its priority to health, child protection, education and livelihood. The closure of the World Vision child reception center now leaves Gulu Support the Children’s Organization-GUSCO as the only reception centre for former LRA abductees in Acholi region.

Robert Okeny, the advocacy officer GUSCO says that closure of the World Vision center will leave a big gap in the reintegration of the male returnees since their center only caters for children and women. Douglas Peter Okello, the chairman Gulu District Reconciliation Peace Team describes the pending closure of the center as a bitter reality. He insists that the center is still relevant because more LRA abductees are still returning from Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC and Central African Republic.

The World Vision rehabilitation center was opened in 1995 at the peak of the LRA activities in Northern Uganda. An estimated 15,000 children have passed through the centre and were reunited with their families.

 

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