Kampala, Uganda – July 23, 2023, in a triumphant display of humanitarian efforts, the Ugandan government successfully repatriated 59 former combatants of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and their families. The operation, which took place on July 22nd, was hailed as a bloodless rescue and marked a significant milestone in bringing back Ugandan citizens from the conflict-ridden Central African Republic (CAR). The charter plane responsible for this crucial mission was none other than the BAR L-100, operated by BAR Aviation.
As the BAR L-100 touched down at Entebbe old airport around 2:25 pm on Saturday, the nation witnessed the safe return of these individuals who had been far away from home for an extended period. The success of this operation not only demonstrated Uganda’s unwavering commitment to the well-being of its citizens but also highlighted the reliability and efficiency of BAR Aviation in serving the country.
The repatriation efforts were made possible through the combined efforts of various individuals and institutions. The ex-combatants were accompanied by Rwot Joseph Oyuak Lwakamoi, a revered traditional Acholi chief, and Col Ronald Mugisha, who worked alongside Maj. Gen. Richard Otto in mobilizing others to return home safely.
Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja expressed her deep gratitude for the successful transportation of the ex-combatants, praising BAR Aviation’s essential role in the operation. She extended her gratitude to government institutions, ministries, the United Nations, and the government of the Central African Republic for their support and cooperation throughout the rescue mission.