Francis Tabu (14) was abducted and held for 2 years by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels. He managed to escape when their hideout was destroyed by the UPDF. For 18 years the LRA rebels have terrorised the Northern provinces of Uganda abducting 20,000 children and forcing 1.6 million people to flee their homes. According to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) the mortality rate among children in some areas is five times the rate internationally agreed to constitute an 'emergency out of control'. The UN's under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs has called Northern Uganda the "largest neglected humanitarian emergency in the world".