This conflict left the region terrorised and prostrate. The war was one characterised by indiscriminate killings and violent deaths, maiming of civilians, abduction of women and children for use as sex slaves (rape and defilement) and fighters, arson, mass displacement of people and cases of torture.
Gulu, which is in the Acholi region of Northern Uganda, has since been on a journey of recovery. It is slowly starting to thrive; some people have reconnected with their families, businesses are continually emerging, infrastructure rising and people generally getting back into the normal order of life.
All this looks progressive on the outside but dig deeper and you will discover an imbalanced recovery and lots of concealed scars. Some people are only seemingly coping; others are not coping at all, still in pain and haunted by the war.