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  Girls found after rebel army kidnap attempt
Updated 25 June 2003, 14.56
The army have been hunting for the kidnapped girls
An attempt to kidnap 100 girls to join a rebel army in Africa has failed after nearly all of them were found.

Rebel soldiers belonging to the Lord's Resistance Army snatched the girls from their school in northern Uganda on Tuesday night.

The Ugandan army launched a massive hunt for the girls, who were taken from the Rwara Girls' Secondary School.

Map showing Uganda
At least 82 of the girls have now been rescued or set free by their kidnappers, a local council official said on Wednesday.

The Lord's Resistance Army has been fighting to get rid of the Ugandan government since 1988.

In the last 12 months, it has kidnapped around 5,000 children to join its forces.

The young people who are kidnapped are trained to kill and to abduct other children. Many of them are abused.

Many Ugandan children are so scared they will be taken from their beds to join the army that they often sleep out in the open in big towns.

BB housemate Gae is from Uganda

The Lord's Resistance Army has very strict religious guidelines. It wants to run Uganda based on the 10 Commandments in the Bible.

Despite the kidnappings, Uganda is a lot more peaceful than it used to be in the 1970s and 1980s.

The newest housemate in the Big Brother house, Gae, is from Uganda.

The 30-year-old law student moved in on Monday as part of a swap with Big Brother South Africa.

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