The Innocent

Casualties of the Civil War in Northern Uganda


Heather McClintock

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After twenty years of civil war in northern Uganda, the government's Uganda People's Defense Force and the Lord's resistance Army have reached a fragile peace. The innocent civilians of the Acholi tribe have been caught in the middle of this complex and barbaric civil war, in which abducted minors comprise almost 90% of the rebel soldiers. The Acholi are a proud and gracious people, who want nothing more than to be educated, to sleep safely in their own homes at night, to have food to eat and clothing on their backs, to live in peace; no different than you or me.

The aim of this long-term photographic project is intrinsically two-fold, to foster greater awareness and recognition within the international community to support and encourage a lasting peace in northern Uganda, while strengthening aide for the rehabilitation and education of formerly abducted child soldiers.

If these children are seen, they can no longer remain invisible to us.


Raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Heather McClintock received her B.A. from New England College in N.H. and England, and then relocated to NYC to pursue her personal journey through prestigious commercial studios. Seeking a deeper connection to humanity and the commonalities of our existence, Heather’s passion for recording the essence and purity of the human condition came to fruition in northern Uganda. Her Uganda work has garnered several awards, has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and several private collections.

Project Updates

September 16, 2007

Heather won Second Place - Merit of Excellence from the Photography Masters Cup for her photo "Alema Rose, Aler IDP Camp, Uganda, 2006" (image 01 above). She also received Honorable Mention for her photo "St. Jude Children's Home, Gulu, Uganda, 2006" (image 03 above).

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