As the sun sets in Northern Uganda thousands of children abandon their countryside villages and journey to the town of Gulu, walking up to 5 miles each way in search for places of refuge for the night. They walk to escape the threat of abduction by Uganda's rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army. Over 30,000 Acholi children in Uganda’s Northern region have been abducted by the LRA, whose main tactic is kidnapping children from their villages at night and forced recruitment in to armed conflict. The children, called “the night-commuters”, who walk these long distances, live a fragmented existence, separated from their families and normal village life, spending their nights at a shelter instead of at home, as a means of safety and survival.
Uganda's Night Commuters