By Ronald Kabuye
The trust fund for victims TFV that was established in 2002 together with the international criminal court to support war victims, survivors and their families with psychological, physical rehabilitation, material support and implementing reparations awards ordered against a convicted person by the court has been described as a success in northern uganda despite some challenges especially when it comes to financing by the state parties.
The praise was made by the President of the Assembly of States Parties of the ICC, Judge O-Gon Kwon, the TFV Executive Director Pieter de Baan, Irish Ambassador to the Hague, H.E. Kevin Kelly together with a host of other dignitaries at a press conference in kampala after conducting a monitoring visit to Gulu and Lira districts from 19th February, 2018.
Kevin Kelly the Irish ambassador to the Netherlands said that they want more focus to be put on the victims instead of the criminals hence a need to study and understand the scope of work of this long term agenda of rehabiliting the victims.
Peter De Baan, the executive director of TFV said that though they are happy about the state parties contributions but it’s not enough to sustain the activities of the fund.
He also asserted that during their visit they got no complains but rather improvement suggestions and one them being improving the implementing partners dealing and engagement with the Uganda government.
Since 2008, 8.5 million euros have been spent on the victims of the Lords resistance Army in 16 distrcts of Northern uganda in terms of medical, psychological, physical, material rehabilitation and livelihood support, benefiting so far 45,000 direct victims and 200,000 indirect victim beneficiaries.
He said that the fund is considering adding the northern uganda program more one million United States dollars
The purpose of delegates visit was to review the implementation of the TFV Projects; raise awareness amongst stakeholders in Uganda; and engage with the Government of Uganda at Central and district levels, victims and survivors and religious and cultural leaders basically to get to know whether the funds provided by state parties and donor agencies is put to proper use.