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Bitter Root

Two former Lord’s Resistance Army commanders seek tribal justice in order to be granted atonement for their crimes.

Filmmaker: Kerry Negara

Sunday Otto and Richard Odong were commanders in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda. They were responsible for the commission of numerous brutalities against an unarmed civilian population.

Now back home in Gulu they have asked the Acholi tribal elders to implement Mato Oput, a traditional system of restorative justice involving perpetrators and victims, in order to be granted atonement for their actions and to enable them to start rebuilding their lives.

The Ugandan government has granted these men amnesty – now the community is being asked to do the same.


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