Bryan Lupton

Bryan Lupton (Survivor Corps – Gulu Disabled Persons Union – GDPU): Bryan received his B.A. in English Literature from Colorado State University. While at school, he volunteered at the Northern Colorado AIDS Project, a local NGO that provides free health and social services to clients across Northern Colorado. From 2006 to 2008 Bryan served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia where he coordinated HIV/AIDS prevention training programs in rural areas. At the time of his fellowship, Bryan was pursuing a dual Master’s degree in International Affairs and Public Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. His research focused on International Security and Diplomacy. After his fellowship, Bryan wrote: “I have learned a lot about the history and violent conflicts of Central Africa and it has made me more considerate of these issues when thinking about the region.”

Ajok Concy

13 Jul

Kidnapped by the LRA in 1994, Concy escaped during a clash between the rebels and government soldiers in which she was shot in the groin and had her legs and feet injured by shrapnel from a bomb. She made it home in 1995 just in time to witness the LRA murder her husband in the garden. Widowed in her mid-twenties, Concy has a past that would shake anyone who heard it.

But that’s not what she wants to talk about. She wants to talk about the future. She wants to talk about the work of the Advocacy Committee in Alero.

Concy wants to talk about the future because she has children that need her to. One of her sons is deaf and he has not been able to attend school regularly for several years. Either he faces ridicule from fellow students, or worse, the school administrators flat out refuse to allow him to attend because of his disability. Unfair, sure, but also illegal.

Uganda has laws in place that guarantee the right to health, education, employment and participation in public and private life to all persons living with disabilities. The Advocacy Committee that Concy is a part of is part of the mechanism that will hold the Ugandan government to these promises that they have made to their people. The more people that become aware of the responsibilities of the Ugandan government, the more likely it is that the government will enforce its own policies. With more trainings done by the GDPU on disability rights, and more committee members like Concy, the change will not be a long time coming.

Posted By Bryan Lupton

Posted Jul 13th, 2009

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