‘As the light faded from the northern Ugandan sky, the children emerged from their families’ mud huts to begin the long walk along dirt roads to Gulu, the nearest town. Wide-eyed toddlers held older kids’ hands. Skinny boys and girls on the verge of adolescence peered warily into roadside shadows. Some walked as far as seven miles. They were on the move because they live in a world where a child’s worst fears come true, where armed men really do come in the darkness to steal children, and their shambling daily trek to safety has become so routine there’s a name for them: “night commuters.” Says Akello.
The people of Gulu endured 20 years of war and experienced some of the worst atrocities known to man. The LRA would plunder villages and kill the adults. The village children would be forced to carry the stolen goods to an LRA camp or to safe haven across the border into Sudan. During the forced march these captives were beaten. An LRA soldier would either kill any who could not keep up or require one of the children to do it; refusal meant suffering the same fate. The children were either forced to be soldiers or sold into slavery or prostitution. Young girls were given to LRA leaders as wives. They selected soldiers by having the children shoot or hack to death a relative or some other villager. Children who tried to escape were brought back and killed in the most brutal way as a deterrent.
Mass graves, child soldiers, mutilations, rape, murder and genocide are words that come to mind when one thinks of this place.
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