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War better than peace for Uganda’s rebel children, study says | ReliefWeb

By Daniel Wesangula

NAIROBI, April 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Children whose mothers were raped by rebels in Uganda say war was better than peace because they felt a greater sense of family cohesion and status during the conflict compared to the violence, stigma and rejection they face in peacetime, a study showed.

More than 30,000 children have been kidnapped to serve as soldiers and slaves by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army in its 20-year war against the Ugandan government. Boys in captivity are forced to loot and burn villages and torture and kill neighbors. Abducted girls are routinely raped and become sex slaves or “wives” of rebel commanders. The International Rescue Committee provides counseling, emotional support, medical care, food and other emergency services for the children who escape while working to reunite them with their families. These drawings express the traumas of war experienced by just a few of the thousands of Ugandan children the IRC has helped recover and return home. More about the IRC in Uganda: www.theIRC.org/uganda

More than 30,000 children have been kidnapped to serve as soldiers and slaves by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army in its 20-year war against the Ugandan government. Boys in captivity are forced to loot and burn villages and torture and kill neighbors. Abducted girls are routinely raped and become sex slaves or “wives” of rebel commanders.
The International Rescue Committee provides counseling, emotional support, medical care, food and other emergency services for the children who escape while working to reunite them with their families.

These drawings express the traumas of war experienced by just a few of the thousands of Ugandan children the IRC has helped recover and return home.
More about the IRC in Uganda: www.theIRC.org/uganda

Researchers from Canada’s McGill University interviewed 60 children born to women abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group, which waged a brutal insurgency in Uganda for two decades until 2005, when it was forced over the border.

“The fact that children and youth identify the state of war and captivity — when violence, upheaval, starvation, deprivation and ongoing terror were at its height — as better than life during peacetime is highly disconcerting,” Myriam Denov, the study’s lead author and professor at McGill’s School of Social Work, said in a statement on Tuesday.

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