Paska Alal given birth to eight children (aged ten to twenty-seven). Alal, along with her last-born are HIV positive. She lost her husband to AIDS as well.
Paska spends all day in the quarry pits, breaking rocks into gravel which is then used by the building industry. Her only break is the Sunday morning church services she attends.
As since she is so busy at the quarry, she has her children prepare lunch. She makes the supper, which is typically boiled dry maize. They do not take breakfast.
Paska was abducted by the LRA in 1998. At the time, a plane was being used to drop ammunition in southern areas of the Sudan. She had to carry the ammunition back into Uganda. Failing to carry the ammunition fast enough meant a quick death at the hands of the rebels.
One day, three weeks after abduction, she noticed that there were no LRA rebels around her. She dropped what she was holding, and ran as fast as she could. She would hide during daylight hours and travel only when it was dark. After three days of walking (with a swollen foot) she arrived back to the relative safety of Kitgum.
After she was reunited with her husband, the built a hut in Kitgum. Some years later though, the Kitgum council told her that her hut was in the path of a planned road. She was given two days to move her belongings before her hut (and her husband's grave ) were graded over.