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Spotlight turns to Sudan
by Justus Waimiri
CAPA 040525-2
May 25, 2004

[CAPA - Sudan] The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Revd Henry Luke Orombi, has strongly condemned the abduction of the Anglican Bishop of Kitgum Diocese, the Rt Revd Benjamin Ojwang.

Bishop Ojwang and his family were abducted by the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) last week from his house in Mican, Kitgum Town. He was later rescued by a contingent of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces.

A man who was part of the abduction gang was killed during a fierce gunfire exchange between the abductors and government forces.

Archbishop Orombi described the incident as pathetic and beastly and called for an immediate end to the inhuman acts being inflicted on the people of northern Uganda.

Archbishop Orombi expressed deep sympathy to Bishop Ojwang for the humiliation and torment he and his family had gone through during the ordeal.

Just weeks ago, the archbishop led Church of Uganda House of Bishops on a fact finding mission in northern Uganda during which the bishops protested the violence in the area.

Speaking about the violence, Bishop Nelson Onono-Onweng of Northern Uganda diocese said: “I pray to God to forgive the rebels for the massacres.” His diocese, which includes many refugee camps, has been greatly affected by the fighting.

Efforts by CAPA e-bulletin to reach Bishop Ojwang were fruitless but sources within the Church of Uganda said he was safe but was being treated for injuries he sustained during the ordeal.

The 18-year-old insurgency was started by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) a quasi-religious rebel group which says it wants Uganda to be governed by the Ten Commandments. It is led by one Joseph Kony who claims to have spiritual powers.