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Uganda rebels 'burnt my family alive'
Victim being buried
Some were buried in mass graves, others individually
More than 200 people were killed in northern Uganda at the weekend when rebels from the notorious Lord's Resistance Army attacked a camp for displaced people near the town of Lira.

Some of those who survived have been talking about their ordeal.

Benson Onyango told the BBC that both his parents were killed during the raid.

"The rebels shot them first and then burnt them.

"Now we are burying them so that animals do not eat their bodies. Then maybe we will come and bury them in a proper way when things cool down," he said.

Samuel Ogwang, a 30-year-old shopkeeper, told AFP news agency that one of his two wives was killed in the attack. Three of his four children were wounded.

"My parents were burnt alive in one of the huts. I buried 10 of my relatives yesterday before I brought these children to hospital, he said."

"They (rebels) were about 200, dressed in new uniforms and carrying new guns."

Gunshot wounds

"They came running, surrounded the camp and started setting huts on fire," said Molly Auma, a 26-year-old mother of three.

She was shot and had her right-hand fingers blown off by an exploding grenade.


Two of her children were killed and the surviving 10-month-old baby girl was shot in the shoulder.

She said the rebels appeared to have overpowered the self-defence militia who were guarding the camp.

"When they came I ran inside the hut, then they started shooting. When we tried to run outside the hut, they would shoot you, when you remain inside, they burn you," survivor George Okot told AP news agency, as he winced in pain, lying in Lira hospital with gunshot wounds to his leg.

Army accused

Local MP Charles Angiro accused the army of trying to play down the scale of the attack by releasing reduced casualty figures.

People walk around the remains of the camp in Lira
Many of the victims are said to have been burned alive in their huts
He told the BBC's Network Africa programme that a local military commander had told him that 84 people had been killed, when he had himself counted 192 bodies.

"They went very early in the morning and ordered for the burial of these people without our co-operation," he said.

"And the manner in which these people have been buried is horrible."

He said he had counted 500 grass-roofed huts which had been burnt down.

Mr Angiro also said he had personally warned President Yoweri Museveni that an attack was imminent in the area last year but his request for an army brigade to be deployed had not been acted on.

"The government says they have overpowered the LRA but they always say the same thing."

"The rebels came with sophisticated guns... and grenades. When they arrived at the camp at 5.30pm, they approached it from three fronts - from the north, east and south and left the western side for their exit," the MP said.

"They bombed the camp... and overpowered the local defence forces and then started burning the huts."




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The BBC's Andrew Harding
"There is no end in sight"


MP Charles Angiro on BBC Network Africa
"The manner in which these people have been buried is horrible"



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