Thursday, 17 July 2008

Quick Update: Guardian Competition Semi-Final

Just a quick update from London to post the link to a piece I wrote a while ago on the village of Barlonyo in Northern Uganda. It was home to one of the worst LRA massacres in 2004. The piece has been shortlisted for the Guardian's International Development Journalism Competition and can be found at the following web address:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/journalismcompetition/resistance.army

"The children of Barlonyo, in northern Uganda, have taken to playing on the memorial to the 121 villagers buried after the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) attack on February 21 2004. The long, curving concrete slab has the appearance of a pavement, but in rural Northern Uganda looks horribly out of place. The mass burials that took place in the days after the massacre were out of necessity and the memorial's figure of 121 reflects only those who could be identified. The LRA tactic of razing the thatched mud homes to the ground had meant many people were burned alive and never afforded even this most rudimentary of resting places. Many more villagers are simply listed as "missing". Among the parents of Barlonyo there is the uneasy knowledge that many of their children were abducted on that day and will have since spent their formative years fighting in the lawless jungles of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo..."

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