Peter Kidega didn’t know the man at the end of his rifle. Only that someone had to die. “The rebels told me I was to kill this man,” Kidega says. “If I refused, they would kill me.” At the time, Kidega was 19 years old.
Both Kidega and the man were hostages of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Both had been kidnapped from Agago district in northern Uganda. But only one would die that day in 2003.
The man became too tired to journey on into the bush. The rebels tied the victim’s hands behind his back. Kidega then pulled the trigger, ending a man’s life for the first time. “I was fearing as much as him,” Kidega says.