The memories of a small but fanatical rebel group still cast a long shadow over war-ravaged northern Uganda. Long after its retreat, whole communities still live in terror at the very whisper of its name. This is the story of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army and those it left behind.
The exhibition also examines how the National Peace and Memory Documentation Centre, set up by the Refugee Law Project in Uganda, which received Christian Aid funding, is helping survivors of the conflict record their stories in order to document the true scale of the atrocities so that future generations might learn from the past.
The Lord’s Resistance Army operated in northern Uganda between 1987 and 2006, spreading terror throughout the population. Kony, a messianic leader, pursued his vision of an entirely new state based upon his twisted interpretation of the Ten Commandments combined with Acholi traditions for almost 20 years.
At the height of his power in Uganda at least 20,000 children were abducted and more than 1.9 million people forced to flee their homes, resettling in remote internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, or ‘protected villages’, where many subsequently died of cholera and other diseases.
When: March 5 – 16, 11am – 6pm daily
Where: gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, SE1 9PH
Entry is free. Click here for more information.
Please note: This exhibition contains content some people may find disturbing.