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July 15th 2013:Recovering From Life As A Child Soldier

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

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Grace Akallo

Grace Akallo is the founder of United Africans for Women and Children Rights, which advocates for an end to the persecution of child-soldiers, and for women and girl’s rights to improve their socio-economic and political status. She believes that education is the key to improving the lives of young women and girls who have been affected by conflict in Africa. October 9, 1996, Ugandan rebels called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) attacked St. Mary’s College, a girls' boarding school in Aboke Town in northern Uganda, abducting 139 girls, including Grace. Sister Rachelle Fassera, followed the rebels into the bush and pleaded for her students’ release. The rebels released 109 of the girls, but
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