Atiak massacre

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Atiak massacre
Atiak is located in Uganda
Atiak (Uganda)
Location Atiak, Uganda
Coordinates 03°15′00″N 32°07′12″E / 3.25000°N 32.12000°E / 3.25000; 32.12000Coordinates: 03°15′00″N 32°07′12″E / 3.25000°N 32.12000°E / 3.25000; 32.12000
Date April 20, 1995 (1995-04-20)
Target Acholi people
Deaths c. 300
Perpetrators Lord's Resistance Army
Suspected perpetrators
Vincent Otti
Defenders Uganda People's Defense Force

The Atiak massacre occurred on April 20, 1995, when a group of estimated 300 Lord's Resistance Army soldiers led by Vincent Otti entered the northern Ugandan town of Atiak, Amuru District.[1] After routing the UPDF and rounding up hundreds of civilians, the LRA announced, "you Acholi have refused to support us. We shall now teach you a lesson."[2][3][4] The LRA then handpicked young boys and young girls from the rest, in order to conscript into their ranks and to use as sex slaves, and marched them into the bush. Most of the remaining 200-300 captives were executed by gunfire.[5]

The massacre scuttled the diplomatic relations between the governments of Uganda and Sudan, the LRA's primary sponsor. At the time the two had been in peace talks in Tripoli. Within days of Atiak, Uganda accused Sudan of an aerial bombardment within Uganda and broke off diplomatic relations entirely.[6]


  1. ^ Briggs, Jimmie (2005). Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War. Basic Books. p. 116. ISBN 0-465-00798-8. 
  2. ^ "Kony rebels massacre 82". New Vision. 1995-04-22. 
  3. ^ "Kony toll rises". New Vision. 1995-04-24. 
  4. ^ "Atiak's longest day of the bullet". Sunday Vision. 1995-04-30. 
  5. ^ Remembering the Atiak Massacre, April 20th 1995 Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., Justice and Reconciliation Project, April 2007
  6. ^ Creative Associates International (April 1996). Multi-Layered Conflict in the Greater Horn of Africa (PDF) (Report). The United States Department of State.