...Welcome from the community was high. Relatives and other neighbours would come to welcome the person who returned. They also counseled them. Some of them would perform the rituals of sprinkling water by hand to show that you are welcome back home from where we had expected you to have been dead. U05

There were some children who would want to return from abduction and working as soldiers already in the LRA, but feared returning home because they were told they would be killed...Organizations which helped to rehabilitate these people had come up already such as World Vision. So we helped bring many of them home and referred them to World Vision. We found them hiding in the nearby bushes for days when they had already separated from..the LRA, but were very afraid to come out based on the information they got that the government soldiers would kill them. U02

There were some of those abductees who feared coming out from the bush but some people encouraged them to get out from abduction. I helped about five of them. When I got them I first took them home and gave them some food to eat before referring them to authorities who could take them to where their homes were. U02

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

When I returned from the bush, you know here we have cultural rites that we perform. When I came back, they did a cleansing ceremony to all who retuned and one person from the community who is not even my relative gave one goat for my cleaning ceremony. For a stranger to give you a goat for your cleansing ceremony and food to my mother and most of all build a hut for her ..is a blessing. So people were really helping each other. U10

Many people have been helping the children who were escaping from the LRA abduction until they were taken to their family. For those whose home might be farther, you would bathe them and give them food. Those people were very much hidden because if they were abducted again they would be killed…Also people had been helping to refer them to World Vision by the time they World Vision established rehabilitation centres here. People helped take them to Kalongo. U06

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