In northern Uganda, thousands of children have been kidnapped by rebel armies and pressed into murderous service. Here, Akallo, who was herself kidnapped by the Lords Resistance Army at age 15, offers a disturbing, deeply personal account of being forced to march with the rebel army, fight, and raid villages for food and water. Akallo is joined by co-author McDonnell, who works for the Institute on Religion and Democracy. In between Akallos gripping autobiographical passages, McDonnell interweaves informative chapters recounting the history of strife in Uganda, and explaining the political-religious vision of Joseph Kony, head of the LRA. McConnell includes snippets from a Human Rights Watch report about abducted children, who were forced, among other things, to kill other children. The authors believe that God is protecting the children of Uganda, sometimes working miraculous intervention to protect thembut they also spotlight activist groups, such as the Uganda Conflict Action Network, who are doing their part to make a difference in the lives of child soldiers. Readers are urged to pray for the end of war in Uganda, to join protest rallies, and to design awareness-raising bulletin boards in their churches. The alternating narrative voices create a disjointed reading experience, but otherwise this is a moving, informative and brave book.
More than 30,000 children have been kidnapped in Uganda. Now one of them has a voice.
When Grace Akallo was fifteen years old, rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army raided her school. Thus began her nightmarish existence as one of northern Uganda's thousands of child soldiers. Forced to endure savagery, starvation, abuse and other horrors with only her faith to sustain her, Grace eventually escaped to share her story with the world.
Faith McDonnell is an American activist and writer with a special concern for the future of the vulnerable Acholi people of northern Uganda. In Girl Soldier, Grace's personal account and Faith's historical and spiritual insights are woven together to tell the story of Uganda's forgotten children. Be inspired by this heartfelt account and moved to do your part in making sure that these children will not be forgotten.
"A precious gift from two women, both uniquely qualified to speak for the suffering children of Uganda, one an eloquent survivor and the other a fearless advocate. It is no coincidence that their names are Grace and Faith."--Michael Card, Bible teacher and musician
"Girl Soldier is not fiction, yet that fact becomes harder to believe with every page we turn. This book is more than just a call to action. It is a challenge to our moral compass."--Adrian Bradbury, founder and director, GuluWalk
"A much-needed reminder of the suffering and faith of the people of northern Uganda. Both have gone largely unnoticed for too long."--The Rt. Rev. Robert W. Duncan, bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh; moderator, Anglican Communion Network
"A poignant reminder that the darkness of the soul and the cruel behaviors it leads to are more devastating than we could imagine. This is an incredible account that demands a hearing and invites a response."--Steven W. Haas, vice president, World Vision International
This book was very hard for me to read knowing this is still happening. If we could find bin Laden then this guy should be brought justice a long time ago. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Michael Lindsay
It's so good. This autobiographical is just amazing. Her story is just so touching.Published 1 month ago by Kiara Lopez
Everyone should have a knowledge of what is going on in the world, though this is hard to read. It is very sad that young boys and girls are treated so badly and forced to do such... Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Norland
Heartbreaking knowing this is true and how every child in Northern Uganda lived their lives, in fear of their lives, starving to death and with no hope for a future. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wendy Boschetti
Of this 200+ page book, only ~1/4 of it of is the first-hand account of Grace Akallo. The rest of it is a poorly written (and biased) history documenting the events surrounding the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Teresa
One night the Lord's Resistance Army raided Grace's school and abducted the girls with the intent on making them child soldiers. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anita Gordon, Head Librarian
This is an amazing story but also a very troubling one. After I read it, I did some research and found that things have not changed very much in that part of the world. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Betty
and this mirrors stories told to me.
The real story of what this girl suffered and overcame are inspiring. Read more
Very much appreciated the historical background juxtaposed with the compelling story of a courageous girl who chooses to live through adversity. Read morePublished 15 months ago by zmjr