Northern Uganda

In an area like northern Uganda where family is the most important part of life and the decades old conflict has in large part centered around the Lord’s Resistance Army’s destruction of the familial unit, women are the ones who struggled to keep the family and the culture together. Women bear the brunt of domestic labor—the cooking, cleaning, washing, and tending to the home, and take on the majority of child rearing responsibilities—nurturing, shaping, and showing them what it means to be Acholi. Women also share a large portion of the economic stress, as they are the ones who spend more time tending the land, harvesting the crops, and preparing and selling goods at the market. This photo essay explores the daily lives of women in post-conflict Northern Uganda and centers upon one thirteen year old girl from the internally displaced persons camp Palenga.

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