In Search Of Uganda's Lost Youth

AFP

The thorn bushes left their marks on Pauline Ajok's thin legs. A man she will not name scarred her where you cannot see. The 15-year-old pensively fingers a faded yellow bracelet, recalling her kidnapping and four years of roaming the bush with the cultlike Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which has fought for 14 years to establish a theocracy in northern Uganda. Ajok's task was to carry loot stolen during raids on villages. An LRA commander who already had three wives took her for his fourth. Ajok boasts of one big victory, before her eventual escape, in her own war...

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