Sunday Rubangankene

"I would like to be a leader of some sort. Maybe even a school principal."

Background:  The village of Guru Guru sits nearly two hours outside of the town of Gulu in Northern Uganda and just across the road from the sight of one of the bloodiest attacks of the civil war.  The rebel army forced villagers to flee their homes and land, making their way to government required displacement camps.  Although created for the safety of the people, these camps were rife with disease and violence.  The living conditions were squalid and there was no way for families to make a living.  A generation of Acholi people were born and raised in these camps.  In 2007, the government declared the North peaceful and shut down the camps, requiring people to move back to their villages.  What was left of the villages was little more than burnt remains of dwellings and ghostly memories of the brutality that once took place.  An entire generation of people, who had been raised on government support, were now expected to remake their life in a land familiar to their grandparents, but utterly foreign to them.

 

Kids:  Each child has their own personality, however, most of them share a very similar life story.  They live with both parents in round, mud and stick huts roofed with dried palm fronds.  They help their families care for livestock and do other chores around the house such as sweeping, washing dishes and toting water from the well.  They enjoy playing with their friends and, like all children, have dreams of what their future will look like.