The State We're In, 11 August 2012. An Australian man whose blood donations have saved over two million babies; a woman who helped make the joyful reunion of former child soldiers and their families possible; and a gang member in London turns his life around after a photographer takes pictures of him.
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Jane Ekayu is a therapist who works with former child soldiers in Uganda – children who were forcibly conscripted into the Lord’s Resistance Army. Jane talks about the abuses the children suffered and the time the kids confronted a former LRA leader at the rehabilitation centre where Jane worked.
Jane tells host Jonathan Groubert about the incredible reunion one former boy soldier has with his family who thought he was dead, and other touchstone moments which drive her to do this kind of work. View photos.
Jane’s new organization is Children of Peace Uganda.
Jane Ekayu is featured in the documentary film Children of War.
James Harrison in Australia has something odd going on with his blood.
And it’s helped save the lives of over two million babies worldwide.
The song at the end of the piece is The Waifs featuring John Butler - From Little Things Big Things Grow.
Jean-Claude Dragou was a feared gang member in in London, and he liked things that way.
But after too many hospital visits and stab wounds, he wanted out.
An unlikely friendship with photographer Adam Patterson helped him put his old life behind him.
Jean-Claude is now taking photos himself, recording his own music and embracing fatherhood. View photos.