Returning home: forced conscription, reintegration, and mental health status of former abductees of the Lord's Resistance Army in Northern Uganda
Phuong N Pham, Patrick Vinck, Eric Stover
Abduction and forced conscription of civilians has affected the psychological well-being of a significant number of northern Ugandans. The sources of psychological trauma are multiple, ranging from witnessing to being forced to commit violent acts, and compounded by prolonged exposure to violence, often for months or years. Community-based mental health care services and reintegration programs are needed to facilitate the reintegration of former abductees back into their communities .
Key wordsarmed conflict / internally displaced persons / mental health / post-traumatic stress disorder / reintegration / repatriation