I am okello Charles from Pabbo Sub-county Amuru District. I was abducted on the 25/12/1996 by LRA at the age of 9 years old when I was in primary 3, it was during holiday period fromgrand mums’ home at 3pm.

I was the chief personal escort of Joseph kony who is the leader of LRA rabble and I stay in the captivity for 2 and half years. Life in the captivity was not easy at all. The following are some of problems faced while in the bush/captivity;

Long distance walk, carrying heavy luggage such; bean bullets,  guns,  people and doing a lot of bad things on innocent people.

I managed to escape in 1998 when I was 11years old andIwas brought to Gulu Support the Children Organization (GUSCO) a rehabilitation center that help to give counseling support to the formerly abductees and later on I was taken back home to my guidance.

While at home, the followings are some of the challenges faced not only on my side, but to all the formerly abducted persons;

Denial to land access, stigmatizing, voicelessness and so many others.

Now the above mentioned challenges faced by the formerlyabductees made me to come together and formed this NGO known as Youth Leaders for Restoration and Developmentso that we advocate for theright of our fellow victims who went through this hard times.