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Uganda's civil war with Joseph Kony's Lord'sResistance Army has raged since the 1980s, claiming over 100,000 lives anddisplacing around 1.5 million people. Kony's rebel force, who combine religiousmysticism with extreme brutality, have abducted tens of thousands of children:their child soldiers. Their insurgency continues to this day, though most of usknow little about it.

Norman Okello was only twelve when he wasabducted by the LRA. In captivity, he was subjected to a ruthless trainingregime aimed at turning him into a killing machine free from conscience andfear. Forced to commit unspeakable acts of violence, Norman struggled not justto stay alive but to hold on to the last shreds of his humanity. When hefinally escaped the clutches of the LRA, he faced his next ordeal: trying toreintegrate into a society that feared and despised him.

Harrowing, heart-rending and enlightening in equalmeasure, Boy Soldieris above all a story of survival andredemption against unbelievable odds.

Boy soldier - Norman Okello

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Title
Boy soldier - a memoir of innocence lost and humanity regained in northern Uganda
Author
Norman Okello
format
Hardback
Publisher
Unbound
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20210121

Uganda's civil war with Joseph Kony's Lord'sResistance Army has raged since the 1980s, claiming over 100,000 lives anddisplacing around 1.5 million people. Kony's rebel force, who combine religiousmysticism with extreme brutality, have abducted tens of thousands of children:their child soldiers. Their insurgency continues to this day, though most of usknow little about it.

Norman Okello was only twelve when he wasabducted by the LRA. In captivity, he was subjected to a ruthless trainingregime aimed at turning him into a killing machine free from conscience andfear. Forced to commit unspeakable acts of violence, Norman struggled not justto stay alive but to hold on to the last shreds of his humanity. When hefinally escaped the clutches of the LRA, he faced his next ordeal: trying toreintegrate into a society that feared and despised him.

Harrowing, heart-rending and enlightening in equalmeasure, Boy Soldieris above all a story of survival andredemption against unbelievable odds.

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Norman Okello is a former child soldier from northern Uganda, abducted at the age of twelve and forced to become a soldier in what was one of the most notoriously violent rebel forces in the world. He is now a family man who owns his own farm and serves the public as a civil servant. Having overcome hardship and hatred, his life now centres on helping others and serving his community.

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Child soldiers - Uganda - Biography.|Uganda - Social conditions - 1979-
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
480

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