Concy is one of hundreds of women in the district of Gulu, Northern Uganda, who were kidnapped by rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) when they were girls and forced into sexual slavery before making their escape. Concy herself was abducted in 1998 at the age of ten and returned home in 2003. In 2021 The Advocacy Project received a request to organize embroidery training from Women in Action for Women (WAW), an association that supports survivors of LRA brutality. Concy was one of ten WAW members who attended the training in July 2021 and produced harrowing stories. Their blocks have been brought to the US, assembled into three powerful advocacy quilts and described on our website. After completing their war stories, the artists asked for another training which produced embroidered images of iconic breads of Africa. These have also been turned into a quilt and will be used to advocate against hunger. The trainees are keen to continue stitching as a group and hope to find a market for their embroidery.
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