27 Jul 2011

Once Called- Children of Uganda

Ugandan Child Soldiers: Voices of the Lost from Vicky Collins on Vimeo.
Former child soldiers from Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda tell their compelling stories of life in captivity. From Worldvision's Children of War Rehabilitation Center in Gulu, Uganda they speak of their abductions, being forced to fight, the brutality they witnessed and of lost innocence.
Producer: Vicky Collins
Photographer: Paul Hillman
Brief History on the Northern Uganda Crisis:

Since 1986, conflict has raged between the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the government of Uganda, causing widespread insecurity and humanitarian crises in northern Uganda and the neighboring countries of South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the Central African Republic.
At the height of the conflict, (2002-2005), more than 1.8 million people — or 80 percent of the northern Uganda population — were forced to flee their homes and live in squalid displacement camps. An estimated 1,000 individuals died each week in the camps each week. In recent years, northern Uganda has become a more secure region and some families are slowly returning home, but sustained peace continues to elude the people of northern Uganda and the surrounding region.
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