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Ocampo To Visit LRA Attack Sites In Northern Uganda

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Mr. Ocampo will be the chief guest at two events organized by Invisible Children, a non-governmental organization dedicated to bringing a permanent end to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict and improving the quality of life of LRA-affected communities in east and central Africa.


On March 22, 2014, Mr. Ocampo will preside over a joint graduation party of students sponsored by Invisible Children who graduated from various universities and higher learning institutions between June 2013 and February 2014.


This function will take place at Sacred Heart Girls Secondary School in Gulu starting at 1:30pm.


On the same day, Mr. Ocampo will also officiate at a fundraising dinner dubbed, ‘Dine with Ocampo, Educate a child event’. Jointly organized by Invisible Children and Gulu district administration, this event will take place at Bomah Hotel in Gulu on Saturday March 22, 2014 starting at 6pm.


According to Invisible Children publicist, Michael Mubangizi, “All resources raised in this exercise will go towards supporting Invisible Children programs that support education programs in northern Uganda.”


Commenting on the visit on Thursday, Jolly Grace O. Andruvile, the Invisible Children Regional Ambassador, said Ocampo is committed to the cause of education in northern Uganda.


“When I shared with him the challenges of education in LRA-affected communities of northern Uganda which are presenting double jeopardy to the war victims especially war orphans, former abductees and traumatized children, Mr. Ocampo quickly picked interest and offered to support this cause.”


“His coming is proof of this commitment and we are happy to have him lead this fundraising drive.”

On October 18, 2012, Andruvile attended a one-day conference jointly organized by the ICC, the UN and the University for Peace Center The Hague that aimed at, “Sharing educational experiences to promote and increase education for peace and justice,” in 121 countries that at the time were state parties to the Rome Statute and were represented at the conference.


On his part, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu district chairman, says Ocampo’s visit is timely especially in view of funding constraints of education services by government and non-governmental actors.


“The community is excited about his visit and we believe it will go a long way in making education a reality in lives of many people who can’t afford it as well as improve the learning environment in schools in our motherland.”


During the visit, Ocampo will also visit some selected memorial sites where the LRA massacred people and empathize with the communities.


The visit comes at a time the government is stepping up poverty eradication programmes in northern and northeastern Uganda.


These include large scale agricultural farming, building schools, water facilities, hospitals and tarmac roads among others.

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