Legacy of the Lord’s Resistance Army » Northern Uganda
Ongom Donsiano (36) who was abducted by the LRA in 1998 from Luziro village in Northern Uganda. He was sent to South Sudan for training and became part of an elite fighting unit. He became a sergeant and then a commander and gave orders for attacks on civilians. In 200? he decided to leave the LRA and contacted the Ugandan army giving them information which led them to defeat the LRA in the area surrounding his home village of Luzira. He is now the head of the Luziro Farming Collective.
For the past two decades the people of Northern Uganda have suffered brutal conflict between the armed militia The Lord’s Resistance Army and the Ugandan Army. Started in 1987, the LRA claimed to fight against the government for the neglect of the Acholi people but quickly lost all support when they started abducting children as fighters, porters and sex slaves. Tens of thousands of young men and woman have been abducted over the years with many thousands killed. Over 1.8 million people were also forced to flee their homes and live in refugee camps. Northern Uganda is now recovering after the LRA left in 2006 and moved onto the DRC and Sudan.