Former 'forced wife' receives Marsh Award at Tedx summit
Angela Atim Lakor, a survivor of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and now a World Vision partner, this week returns to London where she will be honoured for her contribution to building peace, tackling stigma and supporting women and children recovering from war.
Angela will present a Tedx Talk on her experience of war as a child as part of this year’s Whitehall Women event at HMS President in London on Friday 3 November. As part of the event Angela will also receive the Marsh Award for Peace-making and Peace building from the prestigious Wilton Park. She shares the award with fellow human rights campaigner Ms. Fareeda Abbas Rasho Khalaf, a member of the Yazda Yazidi women’s organization.
The infamous LRA militia abducted Angela when she was only 14. She endured sexual violence as part of the LRA's 'forced wives' system for many years. On escaping, Angela was supported at the World Vision Children of War Reintegration Centre in Gulu, Uganda. As a survivor herself she went on to co-found the Watye Ki Gen charity which supports female returnees from the Lord’s Resistance Army and their children - helping them combat the stigma that affects every area of their lives from employment to their children’s education.
World Vision's Children of War Reintegration Centre has helped rehabilitate and reintegrate nearly 15,000 former child soldiers and children born in captivity in the past decade.
Erica Hall, World Vision UK’s Technical Policy Lead on Child Protection, said, “Children are vulnerable in the face of conflict. Recent UN figures show that there were at least 14,500 grave violations against children in armed conflict last year, including recruitment, sexual violence and abductions.”