Founded in March 2007, Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG) supports projects that bring together local community members and ex-child soldiers of the LRA who have escaped from rebel captivity. Together, the two groups build relationships and work hand-in-hand on livelihood projects that they design themselves, including communal farming, brick-making, animal husbandry, and volunteering at counseling centers. By supporting these projects, we aim to help the long-term rehabilitation, reconciliation, and economic capacity of the war-weary people of northern Uganda.
Why We Do It
For over twenty years, northern Ugandans have suffered a brutal war between the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda. One of the worst features of the conflict has been the abduction of thousands of children to serve as soldiers in the LRA. At the height of fighting, up to two million people were living in internal displacement camps, vulnerable to hunger, disease, and brutal LRA attacks, which child soldiers were often forced to carry out.
Former soldiers who escape from the LRA usually spend six to eight weeks recovering physically and psychologically in reception centers. GRG helps to meet the extensive need for follow-up with these individuals by strengthening long-term reconciliation between ex-LRA combatants and their communities of return.