“The TFV helped me. I was really mentally disturbed after all the horrors that happened to us. I would take off all my clothes and walk around naked. I couldn’t even eat. Since I started getting help from the TFV, I am well. I am healthy. Now, I dress up.” – Esther, TFV Assistance Programme Beneficiary in Uganda.



Since 1986, Uganda has been involved in a conflict in the northern region between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). According to a United Nations estimate, the LRA killed more than 100,000 people, abducted 60,000 to 100,000 children and displaced more than 2.5 million civilians in four African countries from 1987 to 2012. 

In 2004, the Ugandan government asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to address violations of international criminal law committed on its territory. In 2005, the ICC issued arrest warrants against leaders of the LRA. The suspect Mr. Ongwen surrendered in 2015. The competent Trial Chamber will deliver his verdict in February 2021. 

In 2008, the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) identified 18 projects to focus as part of assistance mandate activities for Ugandan victims within the jurisdiction of the ICC. The TFV notified the Pre-Trial Chamber that it would conduct such programmes with a view to providing:

  1. Psychological support and material support for ex-child soldiers, abducted persons, and victims of sexual and gender-based violence;
  2. Physical rehabilitation and psychological support for mutilated victims, physical injuries, and victims of sexual and gender-based violence complemented by material support;
  3. Physical rehabilitation and psychological support for handicapped victims and victims of mental trauma coupled with material support;
  4. Psychological support and material support for victimized villages and traumatized communities.

Delivering assistance to victims in Uganda

The TFV has been implementing assistance programmes in Uganda since 2008, providing medical and psychological rehabilitation and livelihood support across 22 districts. In 2017, a second phase of programme was ongoing in Uganda with a total of 43,284 beneficiaries with an additional 6,006 direct beneficiaries in 2018. The assistance programme in Uganda was renewed in April 2019 with a new five year programming cycle with implementing partners. From April to December 2019, the number of direct beneficiaries was 5,257. 

The TFV appreciates the support that local Ugandan authorities have extended to the programme over these many years. 


“Trauma needs consistent services. It means that the client needs to see the therapist and the counsellor at least 4, 5, 6, 10 or 15 sessions. No organizations before the Trust Fund for Victims could support our work. We’d never had this opportunity before.” – Gabriele Marini, Implementing Partner NGO Centre for Victims of Torture


Uganda Assistance Programme Locations

TFV programmatic coverage across the conflict-affected districts of northern Uganda includes: 

Otuke, Apac, Alebtong, Lira, Amolatar, Dokolo, Kwania, Gulu, Omoro, Kitgum, Lamwo, Kole, Oyam, Agago, Nwoya, Amuru, Pader, Kapyelebong, Amuria, Kaberamaido, Soroti and Adjumani Districts.


Implementing Partners and Project Roles (December 2020) 

1. AVSI Foundation

Capacity building, advocacy, and physical rehabilitation
Location: Otuke, Apac, Alebtong, Amolatar, Lira, Gulu, Omoro, Kitgum, Lamwo, Kole, Oyam, Agago, Nwoya, Amuru, Pader, Dokolo, Kwania, and Adjumani Districts
Duration: April 2019 – April 2024
Medical rehabilitation to disabled victims of war in northern Uganda through provision of prosthetics, orthotics, and physiotherapy; improve the quality of life and social inclusion for physically disabled victims of war through psychosocial rehabilitation in northern Uganda through identification and assessment of amputates, provision of capacity building to social workers, community sensitization, and patient follow up.


2. Center for Children in Vulnerable Situations (CCVS)

Centre for expertise in psychological support services and well-being of war affected children, families, and communities.
Location: Lira, Oyam, and Alebtong,
Duration: April 2019 – April 2024
Psychological rehabilitation services to war-affected children, youth, and adults with a focus on direct war victims, through provision of psychological counseling and supporting the rebuilding of social relationships and networks and increasing the local capacity and know-how of key community stake holders in providing basic psychosocial support within communities, schools, and health centers; community sensitisation through local radio stations programme “Healing our Wounds”.


3. Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)

Treating the mental health needs through counseling and capacity building. 
Locations: Gulu,, Omoro and Nwoya Districts
Duration: April 2019 – April 2024
Provide survivors of LRA-inflicted torture and violent trauma with effective mental health rehabilitation services through on-site mental health clinical mentoring as well as providing intensive and on-going clinical supervision and training to the counselors in partner NGOs; creating a cadre of mental health professionals and paraprofessionals necessary for sustainability of mental health trauma rehabilitation in Uganda.


4. Health Right International (HRI)

Comprehensive medical and psychosocial support for the war victims
Locations: Otuke, Apac, Alebtong, Amolatar, Lira, Gulu, Omoro, Kitgum, Lamwo, Kole, Oyam, Agago, Nwoya, Amuru, Pader, Dokolo, Amuria, Kaberamaido, Soroti, and Adjumani Districts 
Duration: April 2019 – April 2024
Comprehensive medical treatment, physical and psychological rehabilitation services for victims and survivors of war; empower and promote survivors and local community participation in support of recovery; through surgical and treatment interventions to relieve suffering and the wounds of war;  response to the needs of victims including SGBV survivors in the communities and offer training to local stakeholders.


5. Transcultural Psychological Organisation (TPO)

Provision of integrated physical and psychological rehabilitation to victims
Location: Gulu, Pader, and Agago Districts 
Duration: April 2019 – April 2024
Provide physical and psychological rehabilitation services to victim survivors; improve access to rehabilitative, surgical and medical services through capacity building for social workers and developing referral pathways among service providers. The project integrates a component of livelihood improvement of war survivors.


The TFV depends on support from States Parties, private donors and technical and financial partners of all continents to continue bringing hope to Ugandan survivors. Join us in helping victims of crimes against humanity in the Ugandan civil war to move forward from the tragedies they’ve endured for over 30 years.