How do you heal a child who was forced to tear their friend apart with their own bare hands? How do you heal a child who has been made to throw numerous grenades before they were taught how to count them?
I met Mark Avola on my first trip to northern Uganda in 2009. I had already read several articles he had written about his work with the World Vision reception centre outlining the need for a more comprehensive and long-term response.
I never thought I’d be learning an African language. In my early visits to Gulu, I made an effort to learn the greetings and drew a line under that as my tired-from-travelling brain didn’t seem to be able to retain any more than that.
We have been designed to live in symbiosis with our environment, when we do there is a healing that comes to our souls. In northern Uganda many children have been deeply traumatised by the greed of man’s ways.