The LRA killed members of the families of abductees who escaped. So in some families in order to protect themselves they collaborated and joined the LRA. They coordinated the activities of the LRA in the communities. They sold their blood in that way by crucifying others. That also intensified people suffering a lot because others really had to escape far away to survive. This caused trouble for communities to date because such collaboration encouraged much killings. They joined the LRA in a bid to avoid their brutality whereas others also joined the government forces. U03

The way we were trying to protect ourselves from the brutalities of the rebels, if they come, being people who believed in God, we could pray. If God allows you to go hide in the bush with our children - that would be entirely depending on good luck, and there one could hide with their children. But if one had hard luck and met with the rebels, the mother would be killed, the children would be taken away, or even their father would be killed there…. U09

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.

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

For me I saw that taking people into camps was what saved people. Taking people away from the rural villages into camps which were protected by the army for both days and nights helped people to be safe from the LRA. They [the LRA] would not find food anywhere and if they wanted food they would exchange it with their blood, so hunger made them very weak and they started to move away. U06

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.

In the beginning when rebellion started, people would use hand blowing signals to alert people from afar. This changed because when the rebels learned about hand blowing if they got anyone they would kill immediately. Later people started running ahead to alert others if the rebels came...but also when they learned of you they would kill you.

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