chapter  1
Seeing Sexual Violence in Confl ict and Post-Confl ict Societies: The Limits of Visibility
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This chapter explores the importance of reintegration rituals that are performed by the Acholi community in northern Uganda, to which most of the young women abducted as child soldiers by the Lord's Resistance Army. It discusses the implications of sexual violence for their reintegration. The chapter focuses on experiences of the informant as investigated during in-depth interviews and observations. In-depth interviews were conducted in Gulu district by appointment and arrangement depending on where informants were found. The chapter reveals that the demobilization and return of young women to their communities in northern Uganda were either by escape or rescue by the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF). The stepping on the egg ritual is a tradition that the Acholi of northern Uganda used to welcome anybody who returns to the community after having stayed away from home for an extended period of time.