Our Seventh Day of Transformation celebrates a new program TRP launched this year to address critical psychosocial support needs resulting from Northern Uganda’s troubled history. The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) waged a brutal 20 year war in the region during which they abducted at least 66,000 people—half of whom were children. TRP’s new program is designed for children who were born and/or raised in captivity with the LRA. These children have experienced significant trauma and face a variety of challenges integrating into society. In September TRP launched the Children Born in Captivity program which consists of a series of camp scheduled throughout the year during school breaks. The camps focus on helping these children better integrate into their homes, communities, and school. They include group therapy and wilderness trips aiming to reduce feeling of isolation, increase psychosocial well-being, and foster inter-group cohesion. Here is story of one of the boys who attended TRP’s first camp:
This boy was abducted by the LRA twice. His first abduction occurred when he was very young, but he managed to eventually escape during crossfire and return home. Only two years later the LRA raided his home again, and he was re-abducted and forced to stay in the LRA for several years. His mom, dad, brothers, and sisters were all killed. Since returning home he has been raised by his uncle. He was at TRP’s camp when he heard that his uncle had died, but he decided to stay with us for the entirety of the camp. His life continues to be full of psychological, social, and economic challenges. He continues to need love and support, and we are playing an important part in it. One of our facilitators who lives near him continues to check in on him, and he is planning on attending TRP’s next camp in January.
TRP needs support to continuing proving vulnerable youth with healing programs. Partner with us and help us spread the joy of healing.