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Measures for Victims and Reparations

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The 2010 survey repeated questions from previous surveys about what needed to be done for victims. Respondents could provide more than one response and most frequently identified providing cattle (74%), financial compensation (66%), housing (44%), food (38%) or education (38%). These measures, mainly forms of direct compensation to individuals, reflect respondents’ own priorities outlined previously in this report. They defined “victims” in broad terms, including the Acholi people (59%), all people of northern Uganda (35%), children (23%), women (20%), and everyone (20%). Almost all respondents (98%) considered themselves to be victims of the conflict.[1]

Almost all respondents (97%) also said victims should receive reparations, most often because they are believed to be poor and need it (49%), as a form of acknowledgement or recognition of their suffering (24%), and to help them forget (19%). In addition, respondents said most frequently that reparations should be given individually (46%), while 32 percent said they should be given to the community, and 20 percent said they should be given to both the individual and the community.

Figure 30: Measures for Victims

Figure 30 - Measures for Victims

A majority of respondents (82%) said they would accept only community-level (and not individual) reparations if this was the only choice. Most (82%) were also willing to accept only symbolic reparation, such as an apology or a monument. However, fewer (36%) would accept victims receiving no reparations at all.

Figure 31: Reparations

Figure 31 - Reparations


[1] The question was asked last to avoid creating expectations and influencing responses.