African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) has launched phase II project dubbed ‘Rehabilitation for Communities and War Victims for Effective Recovery’.
Denis Odwar, the coordinator medical and Psychosocial Rehabilitation project asked for support from both government and local leaders.
“We need to work together because this is a health related project and as our area of intervention is going to be widening to other districts, leaders there should start the ground work. We want to operate as many people as possible in this new project,” Odwar said during the launch at Margaritha Palace hotel in Lira town on Monday.
The launch attracted district leaders from Lira, Gulu, Apac, Alebtong, Otuke, Ngora, Oyam, Adjumani, Amudat, Moyo, Agagao. Kaberamaido,among others.
One of the survivors whose hands, mouth and nose was chopped off by LRA rebels, asked government to support war victims through AYINET.
“I am grateful that I am here to speak before you. It is very difficult to talk before a crowd like this. There was a time I went through great difficulties of injuries and pain, if it was not because of AYINET, you wouldn’t be able to see me like this. I ask God to uplift people who are funding AYINET in different capacities and I want to tell Government that if really they want to help LRA war victims, let them do it through AYINET because they will get it to the victims,” John Odong said.
For over 10years, AYINET has been working to impact the lives of victims of armed conflict in Uganda by providing medical and psychosocial rehabilitation; as well as platforms for victims and conflict affected communities to realize their human rights.
For war victims who have suffered so much, emotional and physical healing is a precondition to total recovery.
Speaking at the launch, George Okello Ayo, the Lira district Vice Chairperson who also doubles as Secretary for Health and Education said lots of war victims to date are unaccounted for and their whereabouts unknown.
According to Okello, Lira District Local Government will support the (AYINET’s) project aimed at improving the lives of war victims.
“As Local Government, we shall support this project and ensure that all the funds you will get shall reach the beneficiaries and as leaders we denounce our support to any project that will disrupt of peace again,” Ayo promised.
He however tasked Uganda government to keep updating her people on what is happening in regards to war victims.
“Government should keep updating us; we still want to know what happened to our people. It wasn’t our wish that our people be abducted but now we do not know whether they are dead or are still alive. Let us know so that we can at least pray for those who are dead to rest in peace and for those who are alive to come back safely,” Okello pleaded.
Robert Abak, the outgoing Lira Resident District Commissioner said the insurgency in northern Uganda didn’t start with Lord’s Resistance Army rebels headed by Joseph Kony.
And according to Abak, many NGOs in northern Uganda talked bad about government, governance and they ended up fighting government.
He applauded AYINET for helping government by implementing some of its mandate.
Northern Uganda Minister’s address at the launch coming shortly.