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Anhua Collective Photography David Rengel Born in 1978 in Torreblanca de los Caños - Sevilla, Spain. Lives in Madrid, Spain. Álvaro Laiz Born in 1981 in León, Spain. Lives in Madrid, Spain.
Grace Arach, 25 years old,. Kidnapped in 1996, released five years later, in 2001 "After beig abducted, an official requested me for his house. He treated me fine, but soon Otti Logoni (one of the boodest men in LRA) threatened me with his gun and forced me to go with him.. I was only ten years old. "Grace managed to escape the LRA after walking for days to reach the border with Uganda. She enrolled in school, and after doing two years in one she finished her studies. Currently, Grace holds a degree in Social Work and collaborates with the NGO World Vision to reintegrate former child soldiers like herself.    John Otto Baptist, 24 years old. Kidnapped in 1998. Release nine years ater, in 2007. "I was 12 years old whe I was abducted. I got to comand over 200 people. Sudan´s army provided us with weapons, uniforms, food... Everything. But after the Ion Fist operation of the Ugandan government, we were isolated. "We attacked villages and devastated small towns to get food. I lost my leg in one of those skirmishes. Once youré part of the system it is not easy to escape. You accept thas is your life, to kkep killing and being a soldier. I still have nightmares of those days"Vicky Abuyo, 22 years old. Kidnapped in 1996, released eight years later, in 2004. "In the LRA they beat me constantly becaus I couldn´t understand Acholy (Vicky belongs to the Madir ethnic group), and when I came back my brother disowned me for bearing a child to the rebels... What choice did I have in both cases? Was it my fault?"Florence Akello, 26 years old. Kidnapped in 1996. Released nine years later, in 2005. "I remember beatings and rapes that took place almost everyday in an indiscriminate way" . Upon her retirn she faced rejection, a neighbor even got to raping her elder daughter. "We had a really hard time but after moving to another town we got over it little by little". She remarried in 2009 and had two more children.Florence Lakot, 29 years old. Kidnapped in 1998. Released eight years later, in 2006. For Florence and her two children the worse thing is the stigma and the isolation that comes with it. "I would like to go back to school and give my children a better life than the one I had, but I don´t have any money".Lucy Aold, 22 years old. Kidnapped in 1996. Released four years lter, in1999. Lucy ws one of the few survivors of the Atiak massacre in 1995, when in barely 24 horus a gripo or LRA soldiers took and massacred almost the whole town of Atiak, in the north of the country. "The only lives spared were those of children too young to be kidnapped and pregnant women, who were allowed to stay so that they would look after the children who could be kidnapped in the future. When they finished, we were obliged to clap. Only one year after they came back and took me"Margaret Aneno, 29 years old. Kidnapped in 1996. Released seven years after, in 1003. She was abducted together with twenty other children in her school. After the first period, Margaret was raped and bore her first child. She lost her left arm in a UPDF operation as a consequence of bullet wounds, bu she wasn´t rescued by the Uganda army until 2003. Her other two children are from different fathers who did´nt take responsability for them.Alice Lakot, 29 years old. Kidnapped in 1992. Released eleven years later in 2003. "I managed to escape during a skirmish with the army in the border with Sudan. I married an soon we had Fiona, but her father abandoned us when he found out he was HIV positive. He blamed me for being a rebel. We both have AIDS. Now I´m focusing all my efforts in Fiona having a better life, being able to study and go to school"

Project Description

Imagine you are nine years old and you live in a small country called Uganda. Every night, all children in your town play the same game. When the sun sets you hide among the high weeds and in holes dug in the earth. The objective is for them not to find you if they come, because if the catch you…

Rebels of the Lord´s Resistance Army have been kidnapping children for over 25 years in the border between Uganda and Sudan, where they are trained as soldiers and taught how to use light weapons to fight the Uganda Army (UPDF). Their trademark is to cut the lips and ears of those getting in their way. Girls are used as sex slaves. Joseph Kony Himself, the leader of the guerrilla fighters, encourages his soldiers to get pregnant as many girls as they can, to supply the LRA with a new generation of “fighters”. Deprived of education and brought up in a culture of extreme violence, they are forced to kill and abduct more people.

John, Margaret, Grace, Nighty are just a sample of the state of terror in Uganda in the last quarter of a century. Although the LRA has moved recently to the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, the few that manage to return are rejected by a society who blames them for the deaths of their relatives and friends. They are rejected for what they symbolize: the thousands of sons and daughters, brothers and sisters who are still in Kony’s hands (the notorious leader of Uganda’s rebel guerrilla The Lord’s Resistance Army) and many never come back.

Future Plan is a project of diverse NGOs for LRA’s children soldiers in which they share their experiences and plans for tomorrow. Imagine your life was a great plain wall. Imagine you have a piece of chalk. What would you do with it?

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