Added: June 22, 2013 – Last updated: March 21, 2015

TITLE INFORMATION


Author: Grace Akello

Title: Experiences of forced mothers in northern Uganda

Subtitle: The legacy of war

Journal: Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict

Volume: 11

Issue: 2

Year: July 2013

Pages: 149-156

ISSN: 1571-8883 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1872-1001 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Ugandan History | Types: Forced Marriage, Wartime Rape / Lord's Resistance Army Insurgency; Victims: Rape Children, Stigmatization



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Link: Intervention (Restricted Access)

Link: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (Restricted Access)



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Abstract: »From 1986-2007, the Lord's Resistance Army inflicted severe suffering on civilians in northern Uganda through indiscriminate killing and child abductions. While both abducted boys and girls were trained to use arms, girls were commonly distributed among commanders as forced 'wives'. These traumatised girls and young women (both pregnant and 'forced mothers') were retained in rehabilitation centres longer than any other ex-combatants. While they may have been accorded special privileges in the centres, after reintegration, their home communities stigmatised and discriminated against both mothers and children. This paper discusses the experiences of forced mothers and their children, while at rehabilitation centres, and through the reintegration process. Additionally, it examines how communities should be stimulated to view forced mothers and their children as survivors of multiple human rights violations.« (Source: Intervention)

Contents:

  The legacies of war (p. 149)
  Methodology (p. 150)
  The post war experience of forced mothers: rejection and discrimination (p. 151)
    Community response to forced mothers: some examples (p. 151)
    Children born in captivity (p. 152)
    Resilience (p. 153)
  Discussion: challenges in rehabilitation and reintegration of forced mothers and their children (p. 153)
  Acknowledgements (p. 153)
  References (p. 154)

Wikipedia: Forced marriage; Forced pregnancy; Wartime sexual violence: Lord's Resistance Army, Lord's Resistance Army insurgency