Following the insurgency in northern Uganda by the Lord’s Resistance Army, victims of war crimes and human trafficking were left homeless and stigmatized. In The African Angle blog, author Agnes Igoye writes about the Huts for Peace initiative, which she founded to empower and shelter survivors through community building projects.
In my work, I have been inspired by survivors who are not waiting for help to come to them but are engaged in innovative solutions to better their situations after exploitation. The Huts For Peace program, which I founded in 2013 in the Paicho, Gulu District of northern Uganda, showed me ways in which victims of human trafficking can regain dignity and fulfill their basic needs without depending on outside aid. Positive results so far suggest that it could provide a model for getting survivors of trafficking involved in the creation and execution of their own recovery.
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