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Ocen James's Story

Client seen at CVT Uganda
A man riding a motorcycle looks back at the camera, glare from the sun blocks most of the mans face.

I first heard about CVT from the sensitization session they held when they came here and told us they were from Gulu. They said they’d come to give counseling service to those with difficulties from the war situation. I first met with CVT in this place, right under that tree.

Now I have hope for a future.”

My experience with CVT was a bit easy in the beginning – it was easy talking about nice things, about soft things, not talking about difficult things. Then we had to talk about traumatic things in life.

I went through the 10-week sessions. It was beneficial. I got some positive impacts in life – after the sessions, the worries I had were no longer affecting me so much. Things in my life changed. The things of the past I held onto didn’t affect me so much.

Now I have hope for a future.

For me, I have hope for a future because of the strengthening skills I learned in the sessions. What helped most is on the last day we sat here and I spoke to the counselor about things that are affecting my life, things that were still threatening me. Now I have the skills to cope with it.

I have a wish that God would accept for CVT to come back and do counseling for others, because some people here have not learned how good it is. But for us who have gone through it, we know it very well.

And some of us have people who are still missing. I lost somebody. We still need help to find them.

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