A Bishop who is a leading voice drawing attention to the suffering caused by the Lord's Resistance Army in northwest Uganda was himself abducted last night (18 May). The situation in northwest Uganda is the subject of the Church Mission Society (CMS) ' 'Break the Silence' campaign.
Bishop Benjamin Ojwang, his wife and members of the household were taken when suspected LRA rebels burst into his official residence about 3 km from Kitgum town. The rebels came at around 9:00pm and forced their way into the house. They took all the valuable household items including the Bishop's phone and abducted six people from the Bishop's residence including a schoolgirl.
Bishop Benjamin was beaten and forced to carry looted food a goat the rebels had killed. Prompt action by government soldiers secured their release. Bishop Benjamin is now in Kitgum hospital having suffered no serious injury, but his blood pressure is high. Medical advisers are considering moving Bishop Benjamin to the capital Kampala for further treatment. All the people involved (most of them part of the Bishop's wider family) are safe. His own children are in schools elsewhere.