Child, Victim, Soldier: The Loss of Innocence in Uganda

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Orbis Books, 2008 - Social Science - 145 pages
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The rebel group in Uganda known as the Lord's Resistance Army has abducted children, boys and girls, to serve as soldiers and to provide sexual services. Torn from their families in the dead of night and forced to carry out terrible acts, including murdering family members and other children, they bear terrifying scars on their bodies, minds, and souls. Fr. Dunson lets their stories be heard, often in their own voices, telling of their hurts and needs, but also of their hopes for the future. His text, accompanied by powerful photographs taken by Gerald Straub, also reflects on the presence of evil in the world and the need for healing.

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The author is well informed about the plight of children soldiers in Africa. This might be attributed to the fact that he has lived among the most affected areas and writes from experience.

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I enjoyed this book, but I did find it very repetitive. I wish he would have concentrated and spent more time on individual stories. Read full review


Meeting the Victims
The Background of the LRA Rebellion
The Girls of St Monicas School

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About the author (2008)

Donald H. Dunson, a priest from the diocese of Cleveland, is professor of moral theology at Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Wickliffe, Ohio. He has spent his summers for several years now in Uganda and has become close friends with many of the children. All the royalties from this book, as with No Room at the Table, will go to pay school fees for the children who have escaped from the LRA.

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