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Child to Soldier Stories from Joseph Kony's Lord's

What happens when children are forced to become child soldiers? How are they transformed from children to combatants? In Child to Soldier Opiyo Oloya addresses these timely troubling questions by exploring how Acholi children in Northern Uganda abducted by infamous warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army LRA become soldiersOloya himself an Acholi a refugee from Idi Amin's rule of Uganda and a high ranking figure in Canadian education is a scholar who challenges conventional thinking on child inducted soldiers by illustrating the familial loyalty that develops within a child's new surroundings in the bush Based on interviews with former child combatants this book provides a cultural context for understanding the process of socializing children into violence Oloya details how Kony and the LRA exploit and pervert Acholi cultural heritage and pride to control and direct the children in warChild to Soldier is also ground breaking in its emphasis on the tragic fact that child inducted soldiers do not remain children forever but become adults who remain sharply scarred by their introduction into combat at a young age Given the constant struggle in courts in deciding whether former child inducted soldiers should be pardoned or prosecuted for their activities and conduct Oloya's eye opening book will have a major impactWhat happens when children are forced to become child soldiers? How are they transformed from children to combatants? In Child to Soldier Opiyo Oloya addresses these timely troubling questions by exploring how Acholi children in Northern Uganda abducted by infamous warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army LRA become soldiersOloya himself an Acholi a refugee from Idi Amin's rule of Uganda and a high ranking figure in Canadian education is a scholar who challenges conventional thinking on child inducted soldiers by illustrating the familial loyalty that develops within a child's new surroundings in the bush Based on interviews with former child combatants this book provides a cultural context for understanding the process of socializing children into violence Oloya details how Kony and the LRA exploit and pervert Acholi cultural heritage and pride to control and direct the children in warChild to Soldier is also ground breaking in its emphasis on the tragic fact that child inducted soldiers do not remain children forever but become adults who remain sharply scarred by their introduction into combat at a young age Given the constant struggle in courts in deciding whether former child inducted soldiers should be pardoned or prosecuted for their activities and conduct Oloya's eye opening book will have a major impactWhat happens when children are forced to become child soldiers? How are they transformed from children to combatants? In Child to Soldier Opiyo Oloya addresses these timely troubling questions by exploring how Acholi children in Northern Uganda abducted by infamous warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army LRA become soldiersOloya himself an Acholi a refugee from Idi Amin's rule of Uganda and a high ranking figure in Canadian education is a scholar who challenges conventional thinking on child inducted soldiers by illustrating the familial loyalty that develops within a child's new surroundings in the bush Based on interviews with former child combatants this book provides a cultural context for understanding the process of socializing children into violence Oloya details how Kony and the LRA exploit and pervert Acholi cultural heritage and pride to control and direct the children in warChild to Soldier is also ground breaking in its emphasis on the tragic fact that child inducted soldiers do not remain children forever but become adults who remain sharply scarred by their introduction into combat at a young age Given the constant struggle in courts in deciding whether former child inducted soldiers should be pardoned or prosecuted for their activities and conduct Oloya's eye opening book will have a major impact


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    I had expected to read of the experiences of the child soldiers themselves which is in here probably at about 40% Opiyo Oloya concentrates instead on examining Acholi culture as it was before the war and as it was when he lived in Uganda as a child and using this insight to explain the behaviour and survival mechanisms of the abducted children forced to fight for the Lord's Resistance Army The analysis is very deep well over my head at times I come at this with a long standing interest in African affairs and have a post secondary diploma in justice and public safety Also annoying are the lines and lines of references that continuously interrupted my reading Frankly I found that some of the connections he was trying to make were a bit of a stretch Acholi children were not the only ones abducted by the LRA yet regardless of which culture they were from they all had to face the same brutality in order to survive