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The Face of Uganda

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The Face of Uganda

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"My name is David. I'm 26 years old. I was captured by the rebels in 1997. The rebels told us they'd kill us or our families if we tried to escape. We were brainwashed, but after the training we really felt like somebody. In 2006 I was injured badly during one of the missions, I lost my leg, and was left behind. I had been fighting for the LRA for eight years. After three years of my abduction I was a rebel commander, and was entitled to a woman."

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"My name is Margaret. I'm 24 years old. I'm not married, but I have two children. This is Marse; he's 12 months old. I was born here (Wol, Pader district), and we're living with my parents. I was abducted and raped by the rebels in 1997. They forced me to stay with them, and after years of abuse I managed to escape, but by that time I was pregnant again with Marse."

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"My name is Agnes. I'm 20 years old, an orphan, and a single mother. I was very young when my parents died. They were killed by the rebels. I can't remember my parents. I was too young when they died. I was raped and got pregnant. My son Andrew is now 12 months old."

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However hard fate has hit them, the people I had the pleasure to meet in northern Uganda are working hard to forge a future for themselves. They are walking for miles to study at school, up before dawn to arrive on time, and learning a trade to better themselves. …

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