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Life is a Journey, by Otim Godbe

Updated: Dec 17, 2021

I am called Otim Godbe, son of Geroge Omona, former leader of the LRA army. I was born as a result of the war LRA war that started in 1987. My mother was abducted from school at the age of twelve. She was captured and forced to carry heavy loads and she was given a gun too. After some years, my mother gave birth to my elder brother Juma Oris in 1994 and later me, in 1997. My father died shortly after I was born (3 months later) and I grew up with my mother.

In 2000 my mother escaped from the LRA barracks in Sudan. Fortunately, on our way home we were found by the Uganda Peoples Defence Force who brought us to Gulu Support the Children Organization (GUSCO), one of the NGOs aiding the rehabilitation of the war victims. We stayed there for 6 months then left for my maternal village, since my mother never knew the home of my father. She found that both her parents were dead, leaving only her uncles and aunties. We stayed there for a year and my mother thought of our education, so we shifted to town in search of a school. She got into a rental after which the search for sponsors began. Luckily enough she found us sponsors, who supported me all the way from nursery to senior six when the contract ended. Continuation through university has been hard for the last 3 years, since we have had no other sponsors and my mom has not been able to fund us through a higher level of education.

Currently, I am working in a shop repairing phones and computers to get a daily wage. If I don’t work, I don’t eat, and only just have enough money for survival. Living away from my mother renting in town is where I do my hustle. Besides all my struggles, I’m determined to become a film actor, and also if possible, complete my studies. I want to have a family, not like my father’s type of family. I want a stable happy family with children who do not suffer the way I did. I want to give them a good quality of life.

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