Acholi in northern Uganda is a region that was shattered by the conflict with the Lord’s Resistance Army. During the war the people of Acholi have been herded together into IDP camps to allow the Ugandan army to fight the LRA while save guarding the civilian population. After a relative period of calm, the government now expects the IDPs to return to their villages and aid agencies are withdrawing their support gradually. Many people are finding it very hard to adjust to a normal life.
The portraits presented here are of people attending vocational courses in order to lead independent lives hoping to put the war behind them one day. In past lives they were child soldiers who were abducted by the LRA, orphans and widows who lost their families, and women who were raped by soldiers or LRA fighters.