The Wizard of the Nile: The Hunt for Africa's Most Wanted

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Olive Branch Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 333 pages
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The civil war in Uganda has bled on for over two decades, spilling over into Sudan and the Congo and drawing only occasional interest from the West. The rebel insurgency in the north is led by "the wizard of the Nile," Joseph Kony, whose Lord's Resistance Army is infamous both for its wish to rule Uganda according to the Ten Commandments and its unrelenting brutality. Matthew Green journeys up the White Nile in order to answer what seemed at first a simple question: "How could one maniac leading an army of abducted children hold half a country hostage for twenty years?" His quest is complicated not only by his plunge into a war zone to find the notoriously elusive Kony, but because the conflict itself continues to resist his, and our, attempts to understand it. He meets the victims maimed and raped by Kony's soldiers; the soldiers themselves, who were first children, victims of abduction; and the political leaders who have their own reasons for preferring war to peace.

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Review: The Wizard of the Nile: The Hunt for Africa's Most Wanted

User Review  - Alisa Wheeler - Goodreads

Fascinating story of one mans journey traveling around central Africa investigating the LRA and Joseph Kony. Read full review

Review: The Wizard of the Nile: The Hunt for Africa's Most Wanted

User Review  - Benjamin - Goodreads

One of the most complete accounts of the origins and events surrounding Kony and the LRA, a very good read. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Matthew Green speaks fluent Swahili, studied African politics at university, and has spent four years on the ground in East Africa as a reporter for Reuters. He is now the West Africa correspondent for the Financial Times. This is his first book.

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