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Girl Taken by Rebels in 1996 Escapes in 2004

World Briefings

Published: July 22, 2004


UGANDA: GIRL TAKEN BY REBELS IN 1996 ESCAPES A mother who has campaigned for the release of thousands of children abducted by rebels in northern Uganda was reunited with her own daughter, who escaped after eight years in captivity. The Lord's Resistance Army had offered to release Angelina Atyam's daughter Charlotte shortly after the group snatched her and 138 other girls from a boarding school in 1996 - but only if Mrs. Atyam would stop speaking out. Mrs. Atyam, co-founder of the Concerned Parents Association, which works for the release of the estimated 30,000 children kidnapped over the last 20 years, refused the deal and became a vocal advocate for Charlotte, now in her mid-20s, who turned up with two children whom she had with a rebel commander. Marc Lacey (NYT)

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