Memorial day on August 10, 2008 to commemorate the deaths of children
Posted by: matilda ()
Date: August 10, 2008 08:15AM

10th August



RISE International is planning a worldwide memorial day on August 10, 2008 to commemorate the deaths of children and adults born and/or raised in cults. ‘The Lost Children’ memorial will be held to remember the many second and even third generation children born and/or raised in cults whose lives were cut short through suicide, physical/mental abuse, medical neglect, drug overdose, murder and cultic fighting groups such as the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda. RISE International and Safe Passage Foundation are working together to organize this event, which will be held in London (UK), Huntington Beach (California, USA) and Gulu (Uganda).

Memorial day event information

Huntington Beach, California
Where: Red Horse Barn at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center
8381 Goldenwest St. Huntington Beach, CA. 92648

When: August 10, 2008 4PM
London, United Kingdom
When: August 10, 2008 4PM
4:15PM to 5:15PM: Remembrance event

5:15PM to 1:30AM Social event (refreshments and live music)

Where: Purple Turtle Bar in Camden

65 Crowndale Rd

London, NW1 1TN

United Kingdom

Gulu, Uganda
When: August 10, 2008 8:30AM - 5PM
Where: Kaunda Ground, Gulu, Uganda
Guest of Honor: Hon. Musa Ecwero, State Minister for Disaster Preparedness
Guest speakers will include:

Hon. Norbert Mao

Chairman Gulu District


Member of the 6th and 7th Parliaments of Uganda

Yale University Fellow

Retired Col. Walter Ochora

Resident District Commissioner (RDC)

Hon. David Pulkol

Director African Leadership Institute

Former Director, External Security Organisation (ESO)

The event is being organized by RISE International affiliate United Youth Action for Progress (UYAP). Other participating organizations include Save the Children in Uganda, UNICEF, CPAR, TASO and Ker Kwaro Acholi.

8:30-9:30 AM Arrival of guests/Children March through town
9:30- 10:00 AM Arrival of Chief Guest
10:00-10:30 AM Interlude (Children’s Drama)
10:30-10: 35 AM Message from Lc1 Chairman
10:35-10:40 AM Message from the event coordinator
10:40-10:45 AM Message from Children’s Representative and poem
10:45- 11:00 AM A show by 2 artists
11:00-11: 10 AM Speech by Civil Society representative
11:15-11:30 AM Speech from Chairman LCV
11:25-11:50 AM Speech from a RDC
11:50-12:15 PM Interlude
12:15-12:30 PM Communication from senior government representative
12-15-12:25 PM Interlude (Children play)
12:25- 1:00 PM Speeches from Guest of Honor
1:00- 1:30 PM Awards
1:30- 2: 00 PM Lunch and Bull Roasting
2:30-3:30 PM Visiting the memorial Museum
3:30- 4: 45 PM Entertainment for children
4:45-5:00 PM The event ends
Memorial website
A website has been created to honour the memory of the Lost Children: []

It is still under development and we need your help to improve it.

If you have a deceased friend, relative or loved born or raised in a cult whom you would like remembered here, please let us know. You can email us ( their information or create an account to enter it yourself. Multimedia content such as images, video and audio can also be added. We are also actively seeking volunteers to help with various tasks including adding content, completing data collection, research and fact checking. Please let us know if any information we have listed is incorrect or incomplete and we will make sure it is corrected or updated as soon as possible. If you need help or have a question about the memorial site, please post it in the RISE International forum. You can also send an email to

“Sometimes an ordinary life is an extraordinary accomplishment.”

The Lost Children memorial day will also celebrate our achievements as survivors. A yearly Outstanding Survivor Award will be presented during the event. If you know someone who you feel deserves recognition you can nominate them on the website.

How can you help?
If you would like to help sponsor the memorial day, you can make a tax-deductible (in the United States) donation to the Safe Passage Foundation

You may also make a donation to RISE International. However, please note that donations to RISE International are not currently tax-deductible.

If you would like to volunteer your time to help organize the event in your area or help in any other way please contact:

USA: Juliana Buhring at or Julia McNeil at
UK: Celeste Jones at or Kristina Jones at
Australia: Kylie Rain at
Uganda: Emmanuel Mwaka Lutukumoi at

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