Attack the home village with guns.
Horrific experience of Charles (16 yrs old)
Charles (alias), living in Gulu prefecture, Uganda, was 16 years old.
It was the beginning of a tragedy that he was walking through his neighbor village.
"I couldn't wait for my mother's return, so I went to the next village to pick her up.
On the way there, I was surrounded by soldiers with guns and taken to a rebel group."
Uganda had been under the internal conflict since the latter of 1980. The Armed group, called ‟LRA”, abducted children who were around 10 years old and brainwashed them with violence. They forced these children to fight with guns in the front line of battlefields.
A few days after being abducted, Charles was taken to the village where he was born and raised. He was then forced to join a campaign to assault the village.
Adult soldiers took Charles to the village, and then they commanded him in front of his mother.
‟Kill her!”. They were shouting and pressing the edge of guns on her.
"I was terrified and scared.
Of course, I said I couldn't do that.
The soldier then had me hold a sword and
'Cut off her arm, or I'll kill both of you.' he said.
I did love my mother.
My hands were shaking because of fear and my head went blank"
"Whatever happens, I want her to stay alive and me too..."
Charles repeatedly swung down the sword to his mother's arms.