Thomas, Uganda

Thomas represented child soldiers and children in war on the Jury. He is now a Honorary Adult Friend.

When Thomas was twelve he was kidnapped by the rebels from militia leader Kony and his so called "Lord’s Resistance Army". This is what Thomas said when he was a jury member:

“They came one night when I was 12 and kidnapped me, my sister and my two brothers. We were tied together and forced to walk in front of the rebels. After a week, one of my brothers was still tied up. My other brother asked one night if he could pee. I watched as they tortured him to death, as he begged their forgiveness for having asked such a thing. Another time we were caught in the crossfire between the rebels and the government helicopters. Three of the children died. Two girls who couldn’t walk any more because their feet were swollen were murdered. I was forced to do many horrible things to other children as well as to adults. We kidnapped their children and robbed and burned their houses. After 14 months, I managed to escape, and now I’m in school again. Education is important to me because I have to support my sister and my mother.’

Text©: Magnus Bergmar
Photo©: Paul Blomgren


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