I used to see when some neighbor’s children returned. The people around would go to her home to give her advice and words of encouragement to her about the child. You know, when you go to the bush or when you are abducted and taken to the bush, the things you go and do from there are very different from what people at home here do. You will do so many things from there which are not recommended in society. When you escape and come back, the people come to give you advice about what to avoid. U01

We had some ways that we were using to protect ourselves from the LRA. For example, if I was found at home or anywhere and I am arrested by the rebels, the rebels would ask me to take them to where the rest of the community members were hiding. I will not take them. I would walk with the rebels to a different direction...People were cooperative and would not expose their fellow community members...We never wanted all of us to die at once. Otherwise if we were exposing the hid outs of other community members, we would have all been killed or abducted by the rebels. U07

During those times that the situation was bad and in the times that we started seeing the rebels, we stopped sleeping in the huts. We would cook food very fast and run to hide in the bushes. We were doing this every other day whether we hear about them or not. The next day, when you get back home, you must go to the gardens... and uproot your beans that are already ready for harvesting. You would come back home and pound them then take them inside the bush to hide them because if they(rebels) get the beans in the huts, they will also pick them.

I would like to add that the government did send security to us. The Government sent soldiers to protect the people in the IDP camps and this was one of the most important things. Apart from security the government also gave people food that otherwise helped to rescue people from starvation. U11

The change we started to see here was when our children from here volunteered take up bows and arrows to fight the rebels...When those sons of ours came out, we saw they were going to help us. Their presence scared away the LRA from their frequent attacks on this community.U11

During the time we were running from the LRA at home the government did not come in to support us. It only happened when our sons grew annoyed and felt they could not just see their people get finished completely by the LRA. So they formed armed groups to defend the communities from attacks. Then, the government came and supported them with better arms. That was the time we felt some rest until we were taken into camps. U11

During the time we were running from the LRA at home the government did not come in to support us. It only happened when our sons grew annoyed and felt they could not just see their people get finished completely by the LRA. So they formed armed groups to defend the communities from attacks. Then, the government came and supported them with better arms. That was the time we felt some rest until we were taken into camps. U11

When we came back home, the rebels were still here and disturbing people, although they were not many as before. We continued to dodge them. But you know for us here we have our bows and arrows...that we use for hunting and protecting ourselves. So the men here also saw that since the rebels were every time attacking the communities, they decided to organize themselves to also lay ambush for the rebels who come in small numbers, like in groups of three. The men used bows and arrows to shoot at the rebels and you know with arrows once you are shot it will kill you.

To me what I saw happening was that during those times, sometimes you find that when the rebels come, some people would run to the bushes without picking or carrying any food stuff. So for those who were able, they would give food to help those without anything to eat. Secondly, there were times when you could run without any bedding.

There were families who suffered heavy loss of lives of their family members and counseling was very important. People counseled one another while in problem so that they could become more resilient. U04

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