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Child Soldier Hardcover – May 1, 2004
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assault. After rejoining the army years later she serves as bodyguard to the Minister for Records who is disgraced and China is then captured by the Ugandan secret service and is tortured for six months. It is a story from the horrors of the Ugandan civil war, one of Africa's bloodiest and longest-running conflicts, which has gone on for over 40 years and where children are abducted and forced to commit atrocities regularly (as many as 8,000 per year). China's story exposes the reality of their civil war and the terrors committed and endured by children.
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By: China Keitetsi
This novel is a biography about the life of a girl who was forced into the fierce fighting of a rebel army. China was a former child soldier who escaped from the brutality of her senior officers. China clearly wrote this novel as a form of self-therapy and as a way to help us get a sense of what life is like as a child soldier in Uganda. This novel is worth the read because everyone should be aware of the problems that these kids are facing everyday. Even though there are some grammar problems and lack of detail in some cases, it still tells a great story that everyone should hear. It also portrays many great themes of hardship, determination, and poverty. Also, it references to larger issues. Such as, the world has limited resources and as a result there will be conflict. On page 120, it shows how the army is low on ammo and supplies. "We collected the weapons and food that we could carry..."(120) I would recommend this novel because it tells a great story. Even though the author makes a few grammatical errors it is still a good read. Also, the first couple chapters are very repetitive but stay with it gets more interesting. Therefore, I would recommend this novel however, it is not a 5 star novel.