Barlonyo

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Barlonyo
Barlonyo is located in Uganda
Barlonyo
Barlonyo
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 2°25′00″N 32°56′34″E / 2.41667°N 32.94278°E / 2.41667; 32.94278
Country Uganda
Region Northern Uganda
Sub-region Lango sub-region
District Lira District
Sub-county Ogur
Elevation 1,080 m (3,540 ft)

Barlonyo (also Bar Lonyo, meaning "field of wealth" in Luo) is a village in northern Uganda near Lira town, where a number of internally displaced people (IDPs) from parts of northern Uganda lived, as a result of a 20-year LRA insurgency. It is located in Orit Parish, at the North -eastern end of Ogur sub-county in Lira District. It is a 45 minute drive from Lira town. Ironically it is now a field of graves, making it a tourist attraction site. What catches the eyes is the v-shaped 70 meter long grave on which residents of Barlonyo will be seated on it, eating or washing their clothes - or even drinking potent gin.

At the center of this conflict is the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) led by Joseph Kony. The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), is a rebel group that had bases in Acholi sub Region of northern Uganda. It was formed in 1987. The rebels have been accused of many atrocities in the area, including kidnapping children to train as soldiers or use as sex slaves. The Ugandan government blamed the LRA for a massacre of over 200 civilians at the IDP camp in Barlonyo on February 21, 2004. Unofficial reports indicate that over 300 people were either massacred or went missing that day. The camp has since been disbanded by the government. Plans are in high gear to open a polytechnic school in the area in memory of the killings.