Former LRA abductees wants to go back to the bush to reunite with their husbands

Frustrated young women who were abducted by the extinguished Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in 2003 have threatened to return to the bush and look for the fathers of their children.

The coordinator of Lwala Girls former abdutees Mrs. Doreen Itwala, said that they are going through a very difficult time since the communities theh live in is stigmising them for bearing fatherless children.
He also said many of them returned home with deadly HIV/AIDs virus.

"Most of the abducted girls returned with children and some of them are HIV positive. We are living a horrible, isolated life and relatives are threatening to excommunicate us. The relatives are asking us to take back the children to their fathers because they have criminal blood. We have failed to cope up with life," Itwala said.
The revelation was made during a meeting at Parliament where young women under their umbrella Girls' Rights Clubs from districts of Kamuli, Buyende and Tororo were presenting their petition to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and Education minister as well as First Lady Janet Museveni to end sexual and gender based violence in Uganda.

"If our communities do not take us in, then these girls could go and look for the fathers of their kids because these kids are being harshly treated and judged by our communities and they could also consider looking for their fathers which could be a security threat in the future," she added.
Itwala was among the 180 girls who were abducted from Lwala Girls Secondary School in 2003.

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