By Martha Nakimuli
Former LRA captives and returnees have called for government’s support to resettle in communities of Lango sub region.
The former captives made their call last week in a meeting with the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah.
Phillips Ogile a member of the Lango Youth former LRA captives and returnees Association (LYLFA) said hundreds of youth are jobless but many still face the challenge of discrimination and stigmatization in the communities they have resettled.
Ogile told the Deputy Speaker that ever since they returned from the bush over 470 youths have not accessed the resettlement package.
“We have been frustrated by the government because it has ignored us we have been resettled but we have not been fully rehabilitated”, he said.
Ogile added that most of the returnees had resorted to violence with several cases of murder attributed to them. In some villages their houses have been set ablaze with communities opposing their resettlement.
The chairperson of the former abductees Daniel Okello who served four years in the LRA ranks said LYLFA would hold a thanks giving ceremony on April 13th to pray for the former captives, the returnees and those killed by the LRA rebels during the insurgency.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Oulanyah Jacob also expressed concern over the plight of several returnees and former captives.
“These issues that have affected the people from Lango are also evident in Acholi and West Nile sub regions. They are issues the whole country is concerned about”, he said
Hon. Oulanyah noted that Parliament would soon reorganize the Amnesty Act to provide for matters of transitional Justice Systems and reconciliation for the victims and former fighters.