After Kony

Ex-child soldiers in Uganda 

The terror caused by the Lord's Resistance Army, led by Joseph Kony is one of Africa's longest running and most hidden conflicts. Over the last three decades, the rebel group has been operating in the north of Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan, north-east Congo and is currently in Central African Republic.

The LRA has been blamed for the slaughter of more than 100,000 people, rape, sexual enslavement, mutilation, maiming and the kidnapping of more than 60,000 children.

Once abducted, young boys are forced to serve as a soldier in the army, girls are used as sexual slaves and domestic servants.

Stigmatizing is a big problem during the reintegration of these children after their release. In Lira (Uganda), the Rachele School is giving councelling and education to formerly abducted children.

Even though the 'life in the bush' is for these children already some years ago, they are still vulnerable.

 

Portraits made at the Rachele School in Lira.

Uganda, 2014

Currently in the Philippines

(update October 2020) 

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