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A disturbing visual story about the life inside the Lord’s Resistance Army, Uganda.

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by the infamous Joseph Kony, was active in northern Uganda from the second half of the 1980s. The rebel group became notorious for the use of extreme violence, in particular its large-scale abductions of children. Rebel Lives is a visual story about life inside the rebel movement: based on photographs taken by LRA commanders between 1994 and 2004, this book documents life within violent circumstances, and depicts the rebels as they wanted to be seen among themselves and by the outside world.

Kristof Titeca, Associate Professor in Development Studies at the University of Antwerp and expert on the LRA, collected this material, and used it to trace the photographed (former) rebels. Together with Congolese photographer Georges Senga, he travelled back to photograph the former rebels in their current context.

With text contributions from Jonathan Littell, Harriet Anena, Rein Deslé, and Christine Oryema Lalobo.

Kristof Titeca is a senior lecturer based at the Institute of Development Policy (University of Antwerp). He is broadly interested in governance and conflict in spaces where the state is only weakly present, particularly in Central and Eastern Africa. His research focuses on governance in conflict-affected areas, or in areas where the state is only weakly present, particularly in Central and Eastern Africa. He is currently working on the following issues: i) informal revenue collection and taxation among the Congolese police; ii) rebel movements in Central Africa, particularly the LRA and ADF in the Democratic Republic of Congo; iii) wildlife crime, and particularly ivory trade in Central and Eastern Africa.