Tens of thousands of civilians have been mutilated or killed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda for 20 years. The leader of the LRA, Joseph Kony, abducts children to equip his militia. Once taken from their homes, children are beaten, raped, starved, and forced to kill or be killed- often times having to kill members of their own family. Since 1986, more than 20,000 boys and girls have been brainwashed to fight as child soldiers in the LRA, with roughly 12,000 abductions occurring since 2002. An entire generation has never known peace.
One quarter of the children in Northern Uganda, over the age of ten, has lost one or both of their parents due to life in displacement camps and nighttime attacks from the LRA. Roughly 95% of the people in Northern Ugandan districts are living in these camps, earning no monetary income, and living in absolute poverty. As a result, 250,000 children in all of Northern Uganda receive no education; 737 schools (60% of the total) are non-functioning because of the war, leaving the schools that are functioning grossly overcrowded, with 300 students for every one teacher.
For years, the disaster in Northern Uganda has been unseen.