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Truth-Seeking and Memorialization

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The 2010 survey results about truth-seeking and memorialization are consistent with previous survey results. They demonstrate that respondents highly value truth-seeking (89%) and for a variety of reasons. The most common reason, for respondents who supported truth-seeking, was that knowing what happened during the war is important for historical purposes. Other reasons were so that people would not forget (33%), so that the truth would be known (30%), or so that the history would be known (17%). Some also valued truth-seeking for identifying those responsible (15%). Those who did not support a truth-seeking process about the war most frequently said it was better to forget (35%), it would bring back bad memories (28%), or it was useless (19%).

Similarly, a majority of respondents (93%) believed it was important for future generations to remember what happened in northern Uganda. Only a minority viewed remembrance negatively, most frequently saying it would bring bad memories (42%), it was better to forget (28%), and it was useless (21%). To ensure that future generations remember the conflict, respondents proposed writing books (42%), teaching children (26%), and building monuments (13%). With respect to monuments, one in three respondents said they had already visited a monument or memorial for war victims, but most (90%) found such monuments important so that people do not forget (67%) and to pay respect to victims (19%). Such monuments, they said most frequently, should be built on the sites of violence and massacres (61%) and take the shape of a plaque with the names of victims (42%), a building for the community (29%), or a sculpture (16%).