Chris de Bode


Wiliam Otoa (10) holding his 2 year old brother Innocent in the feeding centre run by MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres). They are orphans. Wiliam is a former LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) abductee. He was forced by the LRA to kill two of his best friends. After 2 years he was left nearly dying of exhaustion. He managed to return to Agweng camp where he found his family again. Less than 3 months later the LRA attacked and brutally murdered his parents who were working in the fields close to Agweng. William is severely traumatized by these events and has been transferred to a special programme for former child soldiers. His young brother is looked after by a relative.
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".

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