child soldiers: Cleansing Ceremony

Cleansing ceremony

Nobody followed John, and to his surprise the Ugandan army soldiers who eventually found him did not kill him, but took him to Gusco.

Three years after he was abducted John returned home again: “I went through a traditional cleansing ceremony, and after that my family and neighbors welcomed me home.

“But there were other people who shouted, ‘You killed my mother, you killed my father.’ I tried to tell them that I didn’t want to go, that I was abducted.”


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