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Odongo Ambrose, 14, visits the now deserted village of Alere, Uganda, from which he was abducted two years ago and forced to join the child army of rebel leader Joseph Kony.
Odongo Ambrose, 14, visits the now deserted village of Alere, Uganda, from which he was abducted two years ago and forced to join the child army of rebel leader Joseph Kony. (Globe Staff Photo / Dominic Chavez)
Odongo attends weekly church services in Lira. Since being reunited with his grandparents, he has taken time to pray each day.
Odongo attends weekly church services in Lira. Since being reunited with his grandparents, he has taken time to pray each day. (Globe Staff Photo / Dominic Chavez)

About this series

Over the last year, a Globe reporter and photographer spent many weeks with three children in Uganda, Nigeria, and Swaziland. The children and their relatives gave permission for the journalists to document their lives and tell their stories. Most of the key events recounted in these stories were directly observed, the dialogue directly heard. Where reconstruction of events was necessary, the accounts were pieced together from many witnesses and verified to the extent possible. Where the account necessarily relies on the recollections of one individual, as with Odongo's account of his captivity, that is indicated in the text.

Readers who want to help children like those in these stories will find a listing of some aid agencies at this link.

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