Northern Uganda

Odoch David (21) who was abducted in 2000 for 3 years from his home village of Luzira in Northern Uganda. He was taken to Kitgum where he was trained to fight then sent to the frontline and operated in both Uganda and Sudan. He was involved with a large attack on a Ugandan military base in Kitgum. He escaped after being surrounded by government forces and taken to the nearby town of Patongo. He returned home to Luzira where he found out his father was dead and his brother had also been abducted. He now has a wife and 3 children and lives in Luzira village.

For the past two decades the people of Northern Uganda have suffered brutal conflict between the armed militia The Lord’s Resistance Army and the Ugandan Army. Started in 1987, the LRA claimed to fight against the government for the neglect of the Acholi people but quickly lost all support when they started abducting children as fighters, porters and sex slaves. Tens of thousands of young men and woman have been abducted over the years with many thousands killed. Over 1.8 million peole were also forced to flee their homes and live in refugee camps. Northern Uganda is now recovering after the LRA left in 2006 and moved onto the DRC and Sudan.

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