Margaret Akello

Gulu, Uganda

Margaret 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. Margaret herself was abducted in 1994 at the age of ten and returned home in 2004 with two children. In 2021 The Advocacy Project received a request to organize embroidery training for Women in Action for Women (WAW), an association that supports survivors of LRA brutality. Margaret was one of ten WAW members who attended the training in July 2021 and produced harrowing stories. Their blocks were assembled into three powerful advocacy quilts in the US and are described on our website. Margaret and the others then requested 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 artists are keen to continue stitching as a group and hope to find a market for their embroidery. As well as bringing in money, says Margaret, stitching helps her to forget the past and stay focused on her dreams, which include making cakes and bread.

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