In the Summer of 2017, we performed, for the first time, the ‘Requiem for the Child Soldiers of Northern Uganda’.
The Requiem is an hour long piece of music written specially to remember the suffering and grief of the Acholi people and their abducted children in particular. A choir and a number of musicians gave generously of their time to give the piece its first airing. The evening was emotionally moving and profoundly hopeful. To hear one of the songs from the 2017 performance see the film below.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Requiem for the Child Soldiers of Northern Uganda, or would consider putting it on in a theatre or church near you, please get in touch via the contact page.
The word ‘requiem’ means rest, and the heart of the sung Requiem is a prayer for those who have departed the world, that they will be granted eternal rest.
Usually, a Requiem will be sung for someone seen as important or significant – a King or Head of State. This Requiem is sung exclusively for the forgotten, for the powerless and for the unknown. It is dedicated to the child soldiers of northern Uganda.
For over twenty years, northern Uganda was ravaged by civil war. A war that will be forever marked out in history as one in which child-soldiers were most brutally and systematically abused.
Many thousands were killed, their bodies never recovered because their families do not have the means to locate them for burial. The wider community is also too poor to help effectively. It is doing what it can to support but with so much need, it is struggling.
This Requiem is a small gesture in the vast sea of need, but it is a gesture nonetheless – a refusal to shut out their pain. And more than that, it is a commitment to share the pain that is in the heart of the eternal father of us all and to do what we can to show love to those who need it.
We commit to remember these lives – the ones who died and the ones who are alive but still carry the scars of death inside them. This Requiem was written to say to them, “You are not alone”.