Digital Media Center
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Gate 61
920 Paul Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0370
(800) 654-4262

© 2024 Alabama Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Child Soldiers of the Lord's Resistance Army

Los Angeles Times photographer Francine Orr has covered Africa and other world hot spots for years. In her travels, she's seen first-hand the faces and heard the voices of child soldiers caught up in brutal conflicts.

Orr recently published a photo essay of images from Uganda, and the children fighters of the so-called Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA. "It's a rebel group led by Joseph Koney," Orr says. "Some people say he's demon-possessed. No one really knows what his agenda is."

Whatever his agenda, he's caught a whole generation of young soldiers in his web. Orr's photo essay captures the pain and horror felt by the army's victims as the decades-long civil war continues in Uganda.

Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit

News from Alabama Public Radio is a public service in association with the University of Alabama. We depend on your help to keep our programming on the air and online. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.