Coming home


Charles Banya, former LRA rebel, a day after he walked out of the bush and into a rehabilitation camp after escaping from the brutal military group. Despite the atrocities carried out by the rebels against their own people, it is common for former fighters like Charles to be wholly accepted back into their communities when the opportunity arises. This is because local people understand that many of the rebels are themselves victims. Almost all of them are abducted, many as children, then brutalised beyond imagination and conditioned into killing machines.

Whilst communities do their best to welcome home and reintegrate former soldiers, rehabilitation programmes are poorly funded - western NGOs find it easier to raise funds for children. Adults in need, particularly men, are often overlooked. Kitgum, Northern Uganda. 

A six year search by the Ugandan military for Joseph Kony, the fugitive LRA leader, proved unsuccessful and was called off in 2017. As the Ugandan military move out of the area, there are concerns that elements of the violence may return, causing fear in communities once more. This 'unfinished' conflict (since 1987) is one of Africa's longest running troubles.