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Please respect the dignity of those lost, remembered by those they loved.

These are citizens,
victims of terrible violence.


We in our community seek
a more secure and happy future.

You will recognise this place in the first picture
— there is a picture of it now, in 2007,
with children, in our May 2007 report.

A young boy...

Women...

So many...

You will understand the unfairness and horror of all this
and how it must sit so savagely in our minds.

I was there. We were there.
I am the eldest child in my family.

I took these pictures in 2004.

You will see that – while we need business projects –
what we need most is peace and recovery
and answers to questions like:

"Is there a future for young men
who were dragged away to be boy soldiers? ...

"Is there a future for young women
who have come back from
having been kidnapped to wife slavery?"

The business activities are an important thing for our recovery
but they are just one component, a start-up.


For stories of recovering children
read Beatrice Lamwaka.
Download her paper here.

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