Michael’s Story

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(Children in devastated communities are more vulnerable to abduction)

Following therapy, this former child soldier is doing well in school.

“Michael,” a formerly abducted child soldier, came to the Gulu Clinic with flashbacks and severe insomnia. He said he was being pursued by a spirit. For six years Michael (not his real name) had been forced to fight in one of the cruelest rebel groups on earth — the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda.

He was instructed to murder and in each case was forced to drink the victim’s blood to “internalize” him. Shortly after killing his last victim, he was rescued by government troops and returned home, not having the opportunity to ritualize the murder. This was the spirit that haunted him.Following therapy at the Peter C. Alderman Gulu Clinic, Michael is now productively in school.