Uganda: Gov’t to register children born during LRA war

Published: 12/May/2019
Source: New Vision (Kampala)

By Carol Natukunda

The government plans to roll out a special birth certificate registration programme for children born during the war in Northern Uganda.

The decision follows estimates from a pilot study done in 2018 in the region, that showed that about 6,000 children were born during the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war.

“The groups that investigated this focused on returnees — mainly young women and girls who were abducted but returned with children. Some of them are victims of rape, sexual slavery, and forced marriages,” said Margaret Ajok, the technical advisor of transitional justice at the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS).

“Beginning with the Financial Year 2019/2020, we are going to allocate money to NIRA (National Identification  and Registration Authority) to give instant birth certificates to this category of people.”

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Themes: Acquisition by children, Birth Registration
Regions: Uganda
Year: 2019