Children of terror

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda have regularly abducted children and then trained them as fighters or used them as sex slaves.

These abducted children often spend several years in the bush as captives of rebels, pursued by government troops. Many of the children do not survive the ordeal. Those children who manage to escape are severely traumatized and sometimes not welcomed back by their families. Most of the girls return as mothers after having been repeatedly raped – but their children are likewise rejected by the families.

Filmmaker Jörg Brase met a number of these “children of terror” and tells some of their stories. Evelyn Amony and Victoria Nyanyjura were among the underage victims. At the age of 11 Evelyn was kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) on her way to school. When she was 14 the notorious leader of the LRA, Joseph Kony, took her as his wife. She bore him three daughters while in the bush. The oldest is now 16. Victoria was kidnapped by the LRA in 1996 together with 138 other girls from a missionary school in Aboke. News of their abduction was covered by the world’s media. Victoria spent eight years in captivity. The two women and their children are to this day struggling with the consequences of those traumatic events.

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