August 27, 2000
volume 11, no. 152

NEWS for Sunday, August 27, 2000
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 Sudanese government.

    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. ZE00082207

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