Reference : V-P-UG-E-00448
Date : 30/08/2016
Country/Region : UGANDA
Caption : Kitgum district, Layamo sub-county, Lalwal village. Portrait of a 73 years old woman whose 3 sons went missing in 2001 when they were 7, 9 and 11 years old. One of them managed to escape and came back to the village.
Photographer : BACIGALUPO, Martina
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : “Every day I used to go to the bush to look for them, even their dead bodies. I wanted to die too. I was moving through the bush every day so people couldn’t find me. They thought I was going to kill myself so they started to come and feed me. I also have a leg that doesn’t work anymore. After 4 years one of my children came back. It was 2005. He wanted to come home see how I was. He crossed a river in the middle of the night and managed to escape. When he arrived I was not home, but somebody came to tell me my son was back. I walked home through the night under shock. When I saw him I couldn’t even be happy as my heart was in so much pain for my other two children. I don’t know whether they’ll ever come back. I put it in the hands of God. So long as I’m alive I will wait for them.”
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4724x4724
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour