Abstract After more than two decades of an immensely cruel war the Acholi people of Norther Uganda is now trying to save ‘the bits and pieces’ of their society. There is a vast need for rebuild and repair of basically all social structures. Among the most challenging and painful, is the need to repair the human bonds and to reintegrate the former abducted girls from the The Lord’s Resistance Army. This thesis seeks to understand the reconciliation that takes place and tries to illuminate some of the challenges the returned girls as well as the receiving society are facing. My field work shows that they are perceived as hindrance for revitalizing a positive Acholi identity. How and why are the returned girls stigmatized and rejected? Together with their ‘bush born’ children, they are associated with the dangers that threaten society. These girls symbolize the war experience and negative aspects of life, and the problems of restoring social harmony that is so desperately needed in Acholiland. With their bush experience and fragile belonging, these girls are the most socially expendable and serves as scapegoats. They are accused of being possessed by the evil spirits of cen that bring misfortune to the whole Acholi society. Therefore, the girls need to be purified. But the effect of purification doesn’t last, and the scapegoating continues. The thesis explores why this is happening. As the Acholi people is far from a homogeneous religious group with a shared belief and meaning system, I look into the various meanings of cen.