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Friday, 8 December, 2000, 16:15 GMT
In pictures: Stories of hope for child slaves
Nearly 6,000 children from northern Uganda are missing, presumed abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to a life of sex slavery or fighting. A lucky few escape and the drawings they make during rehabilitation are a powerful testimony to their endurance and hope. George Omona of the Gulu Support the Children Organisation (Gusco) has been given the Anti-Slavery International award for his rehabilitation work.

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Children witness, suffer and are forced to commit appalling acts of violence. Picture by William.

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"Many people were captured and when one failed to walk was killed. See one being killed." Goeffry.

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As soon as children can hold a gun they are forced to fight. Picture by Joseph.

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Rehabilitation involves relearning basic social skills like playing. Picture by Beatrice, 15

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Having enough to eat and drink is a highlight of freedom.

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Beatrice, 15, hopes to be a doctor when she grows up

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This is Odoch's house, and he has come home.

(Click here for details of Uganda's abducted children)

All pictures from "Where is my home? Children in war" - drawings and words of abducted, displaced and refugee children in northern Uganda produced by AVSI, Gusco, Red Barnet, Unicef and World Vision.

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