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Orange youth on the move

A GuluWalk of orange T-shirts and banners brightened Yonge Street over the lunch hour Thursday, as students and schoolchildren recreated the terrifying commute once faced nightly by children of northern Uganda’s Gulu district.

A GuluWalk of orange T-shirts and banners brightened Yonge Street over the lunch hour Thursday, as students and schoolchildren recreated the terrifying commute once faced nightly by children of northern Uganda’s Gulu district.

More than 2,600 Toronto District School Board participants, mostly from Grades 6, 7 and 8, walked from Lawrence Avenue to Metro Hall to help raise awareness of past atrocities by the Lord’s Resistance Army and current redevelopment needs.

To avoid being killed or captured on night raids, children commuted to town to sleep.

The LRA killers are now said to roam parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic.

“Internal displacement camps are emptying out and people are returning to their villages,” said Kieran Hayward, co-founder with Adrian Bradbury of GuluWalk, a made-in-Toronto aid group that has inspired sister walks in 72 countries. “Young people who have spent their childhood in camps now have to learn how to farm.”

 
 
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