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Jul 2011 18

Stella, a former child soldier, sets up a GRG clothing store

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Abducted from her family at age 11, Stella spent 8 horrifying years as a ‘wife’ to an LRA commander. Returning back home, she faced poverty and isolation. “I had no family left”, said Stella. Last year, she attended a GRG training, and, using her savings from GRG project, Stella set up a dress-making shop.

“Returning to my community was very difficult for me, my family had all been killed during the conflict.” Following the advice of the camp leader she joined GRG. “Working as part of a group gave me a sense of belonging…it allowed me to talk freely with others.”

“I felt like a stranger, like an outsider. I had no one to talk to and nobody seemed to trust me, but now I am part of a group. I belong to a community who talks to me and respects me. GRG has relieved me from stress and helped me to put clothes on my baby’s back and food in my baby’s mouth.”

“I had no family left… Now GRG makes me feel accepted.”

– Stella, 25, GRG member in Anaka

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