Concy Aciro

MSc Poverty Reduction (2007)


Concy Aciro is an opposition MP in the Ugandan Parliament and is involved in peace talks between the government and the Lord Resistance Army rebel group to resolve the long-running armed conflict in Northern Uganda.

Her interest in politics began at an early age when, aged 10, she was abducted by the Lords Resistance Army rebels to be trained as a fighter. After managing to escape, she was faced with considerable hardship, from significant food shortages to the abuse of the people around her by soldiers and rebels. Rather than discourage her, Concy’s experiences gave her an overwhelming desire to bring positive change to her country.

As a young, female, opposition MP in Uganda, Concy puts herself at considerable risk to stand up for what she believes in. Away from politics she has created a children's football league with the aim of building unity between refugee camps and re-integrating child soldiers back in to their communities.