Marriage for The New Woman from The Lord's Resistance Army: experiences of female abductees in Acholi Region in Uganda'

Allen Kiconco, Martin Nthakomwa

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Abstract

A number of studies have documented and analyzed forced marriage patterns and realities of girls within the Lord’'s Resistance Army (LRA). However, the impact of wartime abduction, captivity and forced marriage on forging and sustaining post-LRA marriage relationships has been under-researched. This article contributes to addressing this gap by examining how stigma against female LRA ex-abductees influences their prospects for choices in marriage as they seek to reintegrate in communities of Uganda. Drawing on findings from Acholi area of northern Uganda, the article discusses how cultural and traditional perspectives stigmatize female exabductees, considered as ‘unacceptable’, ‘stained’ and therefore ‘unmarriageable’. The findings suggest that stigma adversely affects access to key community relationships such as marriage, thereby hindering social and economic opportunities for recovery and reintegration among the female ex-abductees in Uganda.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-74
Number of pages10
JournalWomen's Studies International Forum
Volume68
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018

Keywords

  • Girls and conflicts
  • Post-war reintegration
  • Post-LRA marriage
  • Stigmatization
  • Gender and rights
  • Uganda

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