NEWS for Sunday, August 27, 2000
FRAIL NUN MOVES MUAMMAR QADHAFI
Requests Intervention for Release of Kidnapped Girls in Sudan
The pain of a frail nun was enough to
move Muammar Qadhafi himself. This was reflected in images broadcast
last Friday on Libyan television of a meeting between the President and
Sister Rachele Fassera, Combonian missionary, who requested his
intervention for the release of 12 Ugandan girls, kidnapped in Aboke, in
the diocese of Lira in northern Uganda, on October 10, 1996, by the
Sudanese rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
According to the nun, the kidnapped girls are in an LRA military camp in
the south of Sudan. Sadly, the Aboke kidnapping is not the only one that
has occurred in northern Uganda by rebel fundamentalists who have been
fighting the Kampala government for more than 10 years. They have
kidnapped and killed hundreds of civilians with the support of the
Under the command of Joseph Kony, over the past 2 years the rebels have
kidnapped some 3,000 children, primarily from the districts of Gulu and
Kitgum in northern Uganda, obliging them to form part of the combat
lines against the government of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
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