LONDON, Feb. 10 -- Christian Aid issued the following news release:
To mark the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers (12th Feb) Christian Aid has produced a powerful multimedia exhibition, In Kony's Shadow (http://www.christianaid.org.uk/in-konys-shadow/), which uses film and photography to explore the stories of those who survived the terror of Joseph Kony'sLord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda.
At the heart of the exhibition is the story of Norman Okello, a former child soldier abducted from his home at the age of 12, who struggled to hold on to his humanity during the two years he served with the rebels.
'There is a time when you give up thinking you will ever get home - that you will die like this. All your pain comes out as aggression, rage and frustration. Sometimes as a human being, you have been pushed too far.'
Hear how Norman's parents struggled when their son, now a trained killer, returned home. And read the testimonies of civilians who spent years living in fear, not just from the LRA but the Ugandan government forces, as they were caught in the crossfire of a bloody war.
'Alone, I dug a big grave up to my waist and buried the bodies of my family.' Martin Olanya.
In Kony's Shadow also examines how the National Peace and Memory Documentation Centre, set up by the Refugee Law Project (http://www.refugeelawproject.org/) in Uganda, which received Christian Aid funding, is helping survivors of the conflict record their stories in order to document the true scale of the atrocities so that future generations might learn from the past.
The Lord's Resistance Army operated in northern Uganda between 1987 and 2006, spreading terror throughout the population. Kony, a messianic leader, pursued his vision of an entirely new state based upon his twisted interpretation of the Ten Commandments combined with Acholi traditions for almost 20 years. At the height of his power in Uganda at least 20,000 children were abducted and more than 1.9 million people forced to flee their homes, resettling in remote internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, or 'protected villages', where many subsequently died of cholera and other diseases.
The International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, otherwise known as Red Hand Day, is an annual commemoration of the many children around the world caught in conflict. The day acts as a global call-to-action for the world's political leaders to mobilise and end the practice of child conscription.
The exhibition features work by photographer Will Storr and filmmaker Tom Pietrasik and can be viewed online at In Kony's Shadow (http://www.christianaid.org.uk/in-konys-shadow/) or visited at gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, London SE1 9PH from 5-16 March 2014. This exhibition contains content some people may find disturbing.
If you would like further information please contact Emma Wigley on 0207 523 2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively please call the 24 hour press duty phone - 07850 242950.
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