Uganda's Lost Generation
As dusk falls across northern Uganda, scores of children begin their nightly trek into the centers of remote provincial towns. They sleep on verandas, sleeping centers, hospitals and schools. They are known as "night commuters" and they make the long hike from their rural homes because they are afraid of being caught by Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group that has waged war against the Ugandan government for nearly two decades. Since 1986, more than 30,000 children have been abducted in this slow-burning conflict, some as young as eight years old. The rebels force the boys to become child soldiers and the girls become sex slaves.