Bedo Ki Gen

Bedo Ki Gen means Living With hope

 

Bedo Ki Gen (Living with Hope) is a charity organisation whose aim is a better life for people affected by natural and human disasters.

 

The organisation’s was born out of the way that ravaged norther Uganda from 1986 to 2006 that resulted in the abduction of over 30,000 children according to UNICEF.  These children were forced to become child soldiers and many were killed during combat crossfire or simply massacred for unknown reasons by their designated commanders.

 

While many of the child soldiers and abductees were returned under the amnesty policy, the whereabouts of many more remain a mystery to date.

 

The armed conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the National Resistance Army (NRA) ceased officially in 2006. This brought relative peace to the region but there were still thousands of people living in internally displaced people’s camps.

 

The effect of the war is still very prevalent with numerous post war psychological and psychosocial issues reported in the region, mostly among women and children.

 

Bedo Ki Gen aims to offer psychosocial and psychological services including counselling, mental health and art therapy to women and children born in captivity, and former abductees and their families.  These are small but necessary contributions towards post war healing, recovery, supporting the community’s social-economic integration, and promoting harmony and reconciliation in the region. 

 

Bedo Ki Gen also advocates for war victims and associated policies and laws including compensation, access to  justice, protection of war victims and public institution reforms in the areas of welfare, safety and protection for former abductess.

 

The organisation’s goals were born out of the war that ravaged norther Uganda from 1986 to 2006 that resulted in the abduction of over 30,000 children according to UNICEF. These children were forced to become child soldiers and many were killed during combat crossfire or simply massacred for unknown reasons by their designated commanders. While many of the child soldiers and abductees were returned under the amnesty policy, the whereabouts of many more remain a mystery to date.

 

Bedo Ki Gen also advocates for war victims and associated policies and laws including compensation, access to justice, protection of war victims and public institution reforms in the areas of welfare, safety and protection for former abductess.

Support

Ongoing psychological, psychosocial and emotional support for returned children, and their families.

Stories

Record the stories of all the children who have returned, who have been killed and who are still missing.

Celebrate

Celebrating and recording the achievements of the returned children to give hope to others.

Memorial

Build a memorial to remember all abducted children and preserve the history of war as seen by the abducted children.