Editorial: Uganda I Night Commuters
As dusk falls in evening across the skies of Northern Uganda, thousands of children abandon their countryside villages and journey to the center of t own, trekking up to 5 miles each way in search for places of refuge. They walk to escape the threat of abduction by Uganda's rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army. Over 30,000 Acholi children in Northern Uganda have been abducted by the LRA, whose main tactic is snatching children from their villages while they sleep, forcing them to become child soldiers. Those who walk these long distances continue to live a fragmented existence, separated from their families and normal village life, growing up with the familiarity of a shelter instead of a home. These children, often called 'night-commuters', continue even now to make the daily journey to town as a means of safety and survival.