CPA in Lira

Concerned Parents Association (CPA) was formed in the middle 1990’s when the LRA abducted 139 school girls one night.  A staff member followed the girls and was able to obtain the release of 109 of them.  The other 30 were taken in to captivity where they were forced into marriages or taught to use guns against their will.  In the last 10 years 25 of the girls escaped or were released, 4 died, and 1 is still unaccounted for.  Parents of these girls formed CPA to work for the release of all children abducted and to help them resettle in their communities when they return.  This is not an easy task.

CPA members train others to help when conflicts arise among the girls, in families, and in the community. We met with a rural support group who were trained and continue to be supported by CPA.

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