Tears rolled down uncontrollably and emotions went high during the unveiling of monument in memory of over 100 girls abducted by rebels in Lwala Girls Boarding Secondary school in 2003.
The rebels of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) on 24th June 2003, attacked Lwala Girls secondary school in Kaberamaido district and abducted over 100 girls and a number of them have not returned to date.Doreen Itola 24 years, one of the former abductees narrated her experience with the rebels.
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The minister for disaster preparedness and refugees, Hilary Onek, unveiled the monument bearing the names of the former students of Lwala Girls secondary school that were abducted by LRA rebels.
Lydia Alupo another victim says on the fateful day , she woke up from sleep and immediately she opened the window her eyes met people armed with guns in the school compound.
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Onek apologized to former abductees on behalf of government for doing little to rescue and securing them.
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The monument had 47 names of the abducted girls including those of Akello Winnie and Adongo Collin who were killed during the attack.
Engineer Onek represented President Yoweri Museveni who was expected to have presided over the occasion and officiate at the celebration to mark 100 years of Catholic faith in Lwala mission in Kaberamaido district.
Florence Imalingat, the head teacher of Lwala Girls Boarding Secondary school, told Uganda Radio Network that, they have found it very difficult to establish the real number of girls who have managed to return and those still in captivity because the escapees have kept coming back one by one and after long period of time.
Imalingat says the abductees hailed from different districts and those who escaped were taken directly to their respectively districts without the knowledge of the school administration.
Lwawa Girls is a catholic founded school that has been taken by government but it is now in a sorry state with dilapidated buildings. Imalingat pleaded to government to consider fencing the school so as the prevent intruders.