Recovering From Life As A Child Soldier
July 15, 2013
Hosted by Audrey E. Kitagawa
While attending a small village school in Northern Uganda, Grace Akallo, then 14 years old, was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel soldiers, taken into the jungles, and marched into Sudan to be trained as a child soldier. She recounts her life of horror and hardship, particularly as a girl, and meeting Josef Kony, the notorious leader of the LRA, whose psychological tactics of instilling fear controlled children and adults alike. Despite being indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity, he continues to elude capture. Grace shares her riveting story of how she escaped, returned to Northern Uganda, moved to the USA, earned her BA and MA Degrees, and founded United Africans for Women and Children Rights, which advocates for ending the persecution of child-soldiers, and for women and girl’s rights to improve their socio-economic and political status. She co-authored Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope For Northern Uganda.
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Our Sacred Journey will inspire others to share their love, compassion and kindness as a powerful way of actualizing the reality of the Divine in our daily lives. Our fascinating guests are global citizens who live and manifest their values, principles and ideals. You’ll hear the broad spectrum of life experiences that moved these passionate, courageous people through the hallways of such global institutions as the United Nations, to the villages in developing countries. We will discuss what it means to live as global citizens from the foundation of our inner spirituality, values and beliefs. Our potential to create a harmonious, cooperative present and future arising out of our own creativity and commitment to make valuable contributions to humanity will weave a beautiful tapestry of our sacred journey together.
Audrey E. Kitagawa
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Audrey E. Kitagawa, is a cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, and a graduate of Boston College Law School. She practiced law in Honolulu for twenty years. At the time of her retirement in 1996, Ms. Kitagawa had a Martindale-Hubbel AV rating, (i.e. highest rating for professional and ethical excellence in the legal profession).
She is President of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, a nondenominational, ecumenical, spiritual community with broad global outreach. She is the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations, and the former Vice President/Trustee of Council For A Parliament of The World’s Religions, one of the world’s largest conveners of communities of faith. She is currently a Founding Trustee of the New York City Peace Museum.
She has been enstooled into the royal family as the Nekoso Hemaa (i.e.Queen Mother of Development), of Ajiyamanti in Ghana, West Africa, and has a school named after her in her African name, the Nana Ode Anyankobea Junior Secondary School. She has published articles in World Affairs, The Journal of International Issues. She has authored chapters for three books, and has been listed in Who's Who of American Law, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Prominent People of Hawaii.