Thursday, August 05, 2004

Uganda: Kony's wives, kids repatriated

Four wives and 13 children of Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony, along with 60 other people, were repatriated from Juba in southern Sudan, officials said.

"Hundreds of excited people waited at the airport, as the flight from Juba had been delayed for about two hours," Andrew John Timpson of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), who witnessed the arrival, told AFP by telephone from Gulu, 360 kilometres (225 miles) north of Kampala.

[...] Many of the children were transferred to two children's rehabilitation centres in Gulu, but Kony's children and wives will stay in the military barracks for some days before they could also be transferred to the centres.

"I think this is because of security reasons," Timpson said. (source)
Also repatriated were 77 children who had been abducted by the LRA. The children have been sent to two charities ... World Vision and Gulu Support the Children Organization.

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