First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army

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Chicago Review Press, 2009 - History - 336 pages
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Told through the voices of those who have suffered, this illuminating expose examines how a forgotten region of one of Africa's most promising nations-Uganda, dubbed "the pearl" of Africa by Winston Churchill-has been systematically destroyed by a bloody, senseless, and seemingly endless war that has gone largely unnoticed by the rest of the world. For the past 20 years, the Lord's Resistance Army has ravaged northern Uganda and has been led by the reclusive Joseph Kony, a former witch doctor and self-professed spirit medium. Through the large-scale abduction and manipulation of children, Kony transformed his army into an efficient killing machine that has murdered nearly 100,000 and displaced two million people. Kony utilized the society's pervasive belief in witchcraft to instill cultlike convictions in his fighters. This insightful analysis delves into the war's foundations and argues that, much like Rwanda's genocide, international intervention is needed to stop Africa's virulent cycle of violence.
 

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Outstanding look at the "inside story" of the internal war in Uganda. Its genesis and continuance are in the search for power and the lack of concern for victims of violence. The perpetrators (on all ... Read full review

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While much attention has been given to the situations in Darfur and Rwanda, the 20-year-long war in Uganda has gone on unacknowledged. In 'First Kill Your Family', journalist Peter Eichstaedt's goal ... Read full review

Contents

2 The Lips Are Not There
23
3 Anatomy of an Attack
39
4 God Grace and the Aboke Girls
53
5 Witch Doctors Rattles and Unholy Ghosts
71
6 A Game of Blood and Spiritualism
91
7 The Arrow Boys
109
8 Degrees of Darkness
127
9 Back to the Land
147
11 Armed Conflict Is a Helth Risk
183
12 In Search of Joseph Kony
203
13 Jungle Rendezvous
223
14 The View from Kilimanjaro
243
Metamorphosis
263
Acknowledgments
279
Notes
281
Index
287

10 The Call for Peace
167

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