Deo Komakech conducts an interview in Bolo
Al-Jazeera’s online digital magazine has just published a feature piece I co-authored with photojournalist Marc Ellison on the work of Refugee Law Project’s Deo Komakech in northern Uganda. From his hometown of Kitgum, Deo has taken on an incredible project that seeks to document previously unreported mass atrocities that occurred during the recent twenty-year civil war in northern Uganda, whether perpetrated by the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) or the Ugandan military. Since launching the project in September 2010, he has archived Ugandan newspaper reports pertaining to over 4,500 LRA attacks and abductions and trained community leaders across northern Uganda in documenting additional atrocities that have yet to be reported. Thus far, an additional 230 attacks have been revealed, though more will undoubtedly follow as he extends.
The feature piece includes three mini-documentaries based on interviews conducted with Deo, and people from the northern Ugandan communities of Bolo and Labo Latek. For those of you who are unable to access the online magazine, you can download the pdf, with embedded video files, here.
The stand-alone videos are available via Marc Ellison’s youtube channel: