PCAF staff helped James, a former child soldier, use art as a tool to begin his recovery from trauma
James resides in the Kitgum district in northern Uganda. He lost his father before he was born, and his mother suffered from guinea worm infection. He was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army at age 14, where he was trained as a soldier and sent to Sudan. He was beaten, starved and forced to kill, and escaped many helicopter gunship attacks and bombs.
After his escape from the LRA, James was registered at a PCAF clinic where the social worker noticed that he would not talk or smile. He suffered from nightmares, loss of appetite and hopelessness about the future. The social worker noticed that he liked to draw and gave him crayons and a paper to tell his story. He produced dozens of extraordinary drawings of his experience in the bush as a soldier with the LRA.