Governor Stops Production Of Movie On LRA

Western Equatoria State Acting Governor Sapana Abui has stopped the production of a film on the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) activities in South Sudan by using the Azande language, saying this will tarnish the image of the government as well as the local community.

Joseph Nashion

YAMBIO, 13 August 2013 [Gurtong] - He said this while meeting delegation headed by Lindsay Branham, a Program Director at Discover the Journey, a Non-Governmental Organization based in United States at his office.

This team came under the umbrella of Nzara Diocese claiming to shoot a trauma healing movie with the aim of restoring hope into the community after the atrocity of the LRA.

According to the Director her aim was to train young men and women on how to act the movie showing defectors coming back from the bush while surrendering their guns.

Sapan Abui however in response said LRA are not South Sudanese rebels but they were killing the locals and any trauma acted on them is so painful since it reminds the community on the painful deaths’ in the hands of LRA.

He said the movie cannot be done anywhere in South Sudan more less in Western Equatoria state especially with the proposed character of carrying a gun because, people may interpret it wrongly that the church is coordinating to train more rebel groups and this may bring problems between the church and state government and the National government.

“We do not want our image to be tarnish,” he said adding that “We have come a long way with clean names, we even got our freedom through peaceful negotiations and we do not want our Zande community to be black mailed,” Sapana said.

The The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is a militant movement which is described by some as new religious movement or a cult which was operating in northern Uganda and South Sudan.

It has been reported that they are now in Central African Republic.

The group has been accused of widespread human rights violations, including murder, abduction, mutilation, child-sex slavery and forcing children to participate in hostilities.

The group is led by Joseph Kony.

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