Consy Aloyo, abducted when she was 12 years old, spent 13 years in captivity, bearing two children to one of the commanders of
the Lord’s Resistance Army.
GUSCO, Gulu Spport Children’s Organization, a local NGO, repatriated more than 7,000 children who had been abducted by rebels. The young people receive counseling and are welcomed back into society.
Former child soldiers live in dormitories at the JRS rehabilitation center. Their counselors say the children often wake up in the middle of the night screaming.
The children often participate in art therapy sessions to help them process their horrific memories of captivity and what they were forced to do.
Agnes Ayet with her young daughter Fatuma Akamyo, who carries the last name of her father, a Lord’s Resistance Army rebel commander, was a preteen when abducted and spent over a decade in captivity. Janet Nonno, on right, is her counselor.
The young woman (in the middle) was abducted as a preteen by the Lord's Resistance Army. Her young daughter carries the name of the rebel commander, who is her biological father. Her counselor, on right, gives her emotional and moral support to help her overcome her past.
Nancy Auma named her baby, Aloyo, which in her native language means “I have survived.” Three LRA rebels abducted her brother but seeing she was pregnant said “we have no use for you, a pregnant woman” and cut off her nose, lips, and ears.
Cathedral Parish run by Comboni Priests and Nuns opened their grounds and buildings "night commuters" children [and some women with babies] who are prime targets for rebels.
The parents of former Child Soldiers meet to learn how to handle their traumatized and often violent sons.