Uganda Rebels 'Drown Children'
More than 45 children abducted by Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army, (LRA) rebels have drowned in the Teso region after they were forced by the rebels to cross a flooded river. Uganda’s State Minister for the Environment, Lieutenant General Abubaker Jeje Odongo, said the children died on Tuesday in River Moroto along the border between Katakwi and the northern district of Lira. He said the rebels forced the children, aged between nine and 15, to enter the river to test the depth of the waters but the children were unable to swim across and drowned. General Odongo said that the rebels had failed to cross the only available bridge after government soldiers blocked their way. The tragic news was conveyed at a rally attended by more that 8,000 internally displaced people from the district of Katakwi, Soroti and Kaberamaido who had taken sanctuary in the neighbouring Teso district. Full Story