In northern Uganda, there are a lot of children that were born while their mothers were in captivity of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA). As we may only be able to imagine, after spending their formative years in the bush with the LRA, these children have significant psychological trauma and a huge loss of childhood. These children oftentimes have a very hard time finding their place in society. Many of them remember their lives in the bush and continue to deal with their trauma and loss.
Over the last two years, TRP has worked with a number of groups of these children. One particular group has come several times. In this group, there is one boy that often catches our eye. He is quiet. He sticks to himself and doesn’t engage with the others in the activities, or even at lunch. One of our outstanding facilitators, Robert, has always managed to really see him, to notice him. When the boy comes, Robert always finds him and puts his arm around him. They find something else to do together. It’s a moment in this boy’s life where he is pursued and recognized.
We don’t have stats and numbers on how being known and noticed can change a young person’s life, but we all know it is essential. We would love to continue this amazing work of noticing and engaging those children who are most vulnerable in this community! This coming year, we hope to provide a long-term, focused group therapy project solely focused on working with kids born in captivity. This amazing work of transformation will only be possible with support from people who believe that a kid, born in the crossfire of a horrible war in a country far away, like Uganda, should be known and noticed.
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