Life after Kony: how Uganda’s women are rebuilding their lives
Jennifer Atim was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) when she was 14. She agreed to go with them to save her parents from being murdered – though they were later killed by a second group of rebels – and was “given” a husband, a 60-year-old man who raped Atim regularly and was so paranoid she would run away, he made Atim go to the toilet with him.
Atim, now 33, was one of an estimated 25,000 children who were abducted by Joseph Kony’s LRA, which is believed to have killed 12,000 people in Uganda since 1985. The Ugandan government claims the LRA has been defeated and the internally displaced people’s (IDP) camps, to which many of the former child soldiers went, have been closed for a decade. But for many of these former soldiers, trauma and stigma still linger.