Child Soldier Reintegration Project

Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG) builds trust between local community members and ex-child soldiers of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) who have escaped from rebel captivity in Northern Uganda. Through this project, GRG helps traumatized and stigmatized former child soldiers reconcile with their communities through innovative socio-economic and peacebuilding programs.

Raw video footage by Paul Freedman, and Federico Rodriguez.

Helping former child soldiers build a new life

Eleven is the number of brothers and sisters Evelyn lost to the Lord’s Resistance Army. She herself was abducted and held as a child soldier for five, grim years. But, since Evelyn’s involvement with GRG, she has been able to build a brighter, sustainable future.

Directed by Federico Rodriguez.

Farming for a bright future

Former child soldiers design farming and other projects to rebuild their lives in northern Uganda.

GRG Beekeeping Project

Three weeks. Twenty-one days. Five hundred and four hours. That is how long Robert spent walking back home as a child after escaping from captivity in the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda. In his seemingly endless two years with the rebels, he was forced to kill, abduct young children, and walk over 300 miles, usually in dense jungle without shoes. And yet now just three short years later, he is leading a successful community project to help his fellow former child soldiers to generate income and reintegrate back into society.