Gallery: Drawings by Former Child Soldiers in 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.