Current Projects & Areas of Operation
Dealing with the Past and Memorialization in Uganda: Establishment of a Community Memory Centre in Lukodi Village, Gulu District, Northern Uganda:Through this project, funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, FJDI is helping to establish a community memory centre in Lukodi Village, Northern Uganda.
The proposed memory centre will be used to collect and preserve information about the Lukodi Massacre of 2004 that left 69 civilians dead.
Dominic Ongwen, who is believed to have commanded the massacre, is now on trial in The Hague.
We hope to accomplish this project through a series of activities including but not limited to:
- Organizing and converting an existing building located in Lukodi Primary School to house the proposed memorial centre;
- conducting additional documentation aimed at gathering information for the memorial centre;
- collecting artefacts and other materials to be placed in the memorial centre;
- working with visual artists and other experts to create display materials for the centre;
- training community members and in particular the CORE Team in Lukodi to help run the centre;
- marketing and promoting the centre to attract visitors;
- exchange visits with memorial centres in other countries such as Rwanda and Germany to learn best practices on memory;
- Workshops and seminars at the centre to demonstrate the significance of dealing with the past.
Promoting Justice and Accountability for Conflict Affected Communities in Northern Uganda and West-Nile Regions of Uganda
This a 3-year transitional justice funded by the European Commission and Implemented in Partnership with the Agency for Cooperation and Relief in Development (ACORD). The overall goal of the project is to strengthen ongoing processes of justice in Uganda both at domestic and international level by 2020.
The project is premised on two strategic objectives: 1. Promotion of complementarity in justice mechanisms through support to domestic and indigenous processes of rights, transitional justice and accountability in 20 districts in Northern Uganda; and 2. Engagement in the fight against global impunity for war crimes in Uganda through support to international bodies such as the International Criminal Court. The project aims to achieve three outcomes:
FJDI would like to express special thanks to its donors for their generous contribution towards the recovery process of communities affected by war:
1. Robert Bosch Stiftung
2. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
1. Open Society Justice Initiative
2. The Internation Criminal Court
Areas of OperationWe currently operate in the following geographical locations across northern Uganda;
- Koch Goma, Nwoya District: a community greatly affected by the LRA conflict that continues to harbor numerous mass graves and conflict survivors. We are working to document experiences of these victims.
- Lukodi, Gulu District: Lukodi was the scene of an LRA massacre on 19 May 2004 when close to 70 civilians lost their lives in a single attack. Dominic Ongwen, a former commander of the LRA is currently facing trial at the ICC for this attack.
- Atiak, Amuru District: Atiak was the scene of an LRA massacre in April 1996, leading to the death of close to 400 civilians.
- Barlonyo, Lira District: Located twenty-six kilometers north of Lira town in northern Uganda, a quiet trading centre called Barlonyo lies inconspicuously next to the River Moroto. In the space of less than three hours on the late afternoon of 21 February 2004, over 300 people were brutally murdered by LRA rebels and an unknown number were abducted.
- Abia, Lira District: On the 2nd of February 2004, soldiers of the LRA stormed the village of Abia in Lira District and massacred 240 people. The massacre was carried out in retaliation of a raid that that had been conducted by the UPDF on an LRA camp in Okwang.
- Parabongo, Amuru District; On 16th July 1996, LRA rebels surrounded the entire village of Parabongo in Lamogi Sub-County, Amuru District and abducted male youths aged between twenty to forty years. The abducted people were led to Parabongo Primary School and killed in cold blood. A total of 22 people lost their lives in this incident. 16 of these people were killed within the school compound while six others were killed in neighboring villages.
- Mucwini, Kitgum District; Mucwini was the scene of a brutal LRA massacre which occurred in the early morning hours of July 24, 2002. The LRA attacked the village of Mucwini sub-county, Kitgum district, in a massacre that killed 56 men, women and children. The massacre was a deliberate retaliation by the LRA after they claimed that a local man they had abducted escaped from them with a gun.
- Pabo, Amuru District; Pabo was the largest IDP camp in northern Uganda, housing some 50,000 displaced people. It is also the location in which ex-LRA commander Col. Thomas Kwoyelo, is alleged to have committed numerous crimes against the civilian population.
- Burcoro, Gulu District: Located 16 kilometers northeast of Gulu town, in the sub-county of Awach, Gulu District, lies the quiet village of Burcoro. Despite its apparent tranquility, a sinister past remains hidden behind the welcoming faces of its inhabitants. Between the 14th and the 18th of April 1991, Burcoro was the scene of a brutal operation carried out by the 22nd Battalion of the National Resistance Army (NRA) in which several hundred people were detained at Burcoro Primary School. They were released only after being interrogated, tortured, and sexually abused throughout the four days of the operation. In this instance alone, government soldiers committed crimes including: murder, rape, sexual violence, torture, cruel treatment, deprivation of liberty, outrages upon personal dignity, attacking civilians, pillaging and other inhumane acts.