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 was to bring to light the suffering of the people living in war-torn Northern Uganda. With each chapter dedicated to a different topic, Eichstaedt interviewed former child soldiers and child brides, former LRA commandants, high ranking officials, etc. to create a first-hand account of the situation. … more
This topic is important, misunderstood and too little known. Your average American can more easily find out where Lindsey Lohan ate lunch yesterday than find information regarding the various ongoing atrocities in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan. That troubles me, and to that end, this book is valuable. One of the things you'll find yourself thinking is that though there is essentially an accepted level of insanity in all wars, the troubles with the LRA … more
Full disclosure: I wasn't able to get through this book. A compelling title to a book that's too disjointed to be particularly compelling. We all know Africa is a mess, and Uganda is one of the messiest places in Africa: we know about child soldiers, their "charismatic" leaders, and the turmoil and horror they perpetrate. Nothing new came up in what I read in this book. I can't help but think there are better books on the subject, I suggest you seek them out.
Children are abducted from their villages in Uganda and forced to take up arms in the Lord's Resistance Army. Girls are forced into domestic and sexual servitude. Families who resist are slaughtered wholesale. Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, commits these atrocities in the name God -- He proclaims himself to be charged with the divine mission of establishing theocracy in Uganda. For twenty years, Kony's reign of terror has gripped Uganda (and parts of Sudan) and resulted in … more
Most Americans are familiar with much of the bloodshed that has taken place in Uganda since it achieved independence from Great Britain. Unfortunately, a great deal of this is a consequence of the academy-award winning movie, "The Last King of Scotland", which depicted the brutal rule of former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Almost unknown is the two-decades long continuous war fought in Northern Uganda by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) led by a man called Joseph Kony. Kony is a former witch doctor … more
What's your opinion on First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers o...?