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The Night Wanderers: Uganda's Children and the Lord's Resistance Army Paperback – February 21, 2012
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—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Uganda has been ravaged by civil war, and Joseph Kony's militant Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) continues to perpetrate one of the gravest humanitarian crises of our time—this is the context for this brave, devastating work of war reportage. The facts are chilling, and Jagielski handles them with integrity and a minimum of stylistic flourish, treating the subject with the dignity it deserves.”
“Jagielski’s moving, beautiful, and winding account of Uganda’s sad history of multiple conflicts leaves one mourning the suffering so many have endured and questioning to what extent the current government can provide long term solutions for the generations who survived.”
—Maria E. Burnett, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch Africa Division
“A disturbing, thought-provoking account of an under-reported and tragic story.”
—Edward Lucas, International Editor, The Economist
“During the 20 years I spent in Uganda I often wondered how Kapuscinsky would describe the situations I saw with my eyes in the country’s tormented North. Reading Night Wanderers, I found the answer. Its pages of great literary beauty carried me to the streets of Gulu and made me meet the formerly abducted children, feel the depths of their pain and awake inside me images, sounds, and smells so long cherished. Jagielski is a master, not only of story-telling, but also of digging into the intimacy of people’s hearts in tragic situations. By taking their side he makes us understand from a unique angle the complexity of politics in one of Africa’s most conflictive regions.”
—Father Carlos Rodriguez Soto, author of Tall Grass: Stories of Suffering and Peace in Northern Uganda
“This is not strictly a journalistic account of war and mayhem; it is something more powerful and lasting: a literary sojourn through an African landscape of haunted horrors, observed with extraordinary patience and empathy by an exceptional writer and reporter. Wojciech Jagielski paints masterful portraits of messianic guerrilla leaders and mad dictators, but unforgettable ones of stone-faced child rebels who have been forced to kill and maim, and in the process have lost the ability to laugh, cry, or even enjoy ice cream.
—Pamela Constable, author of Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself and Fragments of Grace: My Search for Meaning in the Strife of South Asia
"Wojciech Jagielski’s Night Wanderers in not only a bitter story about a forgotten civil war in Uganda, but it is also a literary masterpiece, a reportage in every sense of the word." —Wiadomosci24 (Poland)
"Wojciech Jagielski has already achieved recognition for his reporting on the most inflamed points around our globe. [His latest work] will only confirm his reputation." —Ryszard Kapuściński, on Jagielski’s Towers of Stone: The Battle of Wills in Chechnya
"Wojciech Jagielski’s book sets new standards for gritty reporting of Russia’s most miserable corner, and the dreadful damage done to it by both outsiders and the Chechen’s own leaders . . . The book brings to life the danger, squalor and misery of daily life in Chechnya with almost unbearable clarity." —The Economist, on Jagielski’s Towers of Stone: The Battle of Wills in Chechnya
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It is very sad and scary to read what fellow humans are capable of, a country devastated and raped, it's people killed in such horrific manner, children being used as soldier's and families torn apart.
The country today is a different place, moving forward but still has a long way to go.
The Night Wanderers, the LRA and their stories felt like a piece of the backdrop for the author's personal journey and internal struggles. Sadly, it failed me as a personal memoir due to a lack of information to help make sense of his conflicts.