First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the

First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army [EPUB] ✺ First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army Author Peter Eichstaedt – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 Chu Told through Your Family: Epub Ü 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 First Kill Kindle - bloody, senseless, and seemingly endless war that has gone largely unnoticed by the rest of the world For the pastyears, the Lord s Resistance Army has ravaged northern Uganda and has been led by the reclusive Joseph Kony, a former witch Kill Your Family: PDF/EPUB å 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 , 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.


About the Author: Peter Eichstaedt

Peter Eichstaedt Your Family: Epub Ü is a veteran journalist who has worked in locations worldwide, including the Balkans, eastern Europe, Afghanistan, and Eastern and Central Africa His latest work is a a murder mystery titled Napa Noir, set in northern California wine country.



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

  1. dianne dianne says:

    His lack of insight is sometimes astounding on p 97 Appeals to the Aristotelian notion of man s highest aspect, the soul, are littlethan deceptive sales gimmicks, crude tricks on a street corner that rob the poor of what little they have, even life and limb Everyone and everything is fair game And it is all done for the aggrandizement of the hucksters and the silver tongued preachers he is, in fact, trashing witch doctors taking degrading descriptions from the local Catholic prie His lack of insight is sometimes astounding on p 97 Appeals to the Aristotelian notion of man s highest aspect, the soul, are littlethan deceptive sales gimmicks, crude tricks on a street corner that rob the poor of what little they have, even life and limb Everyone and everything is fair game And it is all done for the aggrandizement of the hucksters and the silver tongued preachers he is, in fact, trashing witch doctors taking degrading descriptions from the local Catholic priests he seems to entirely miss the irony that he could be trashing priests and taking descriptions from Traditional Healers.Often just gets it wrong p 102 some of his counter factual non history Alero says it is an ancient practice Cutting off the hands comes from the use of bow and arrow and spears, he said, because without them, an enemy is rendered incapable of using such weapons when in FACT the first cutting off of hands on the continent of Africa was in the Congo under King Leopold who didn t want ammunition wasted on hunting so for every bullet the Belgian colonialist soldiers used, they had to produce a human hand or alternatively head to prove the bullet actually killed a person Not ancient, not African Rather the cutting off of hands was European, colonial, Christian.or on p 245 re genocide, specifically Rwanda s that humans have hardly distanced themselves from the remorseless beasts with which we share the planet Has he EVER met an animal They do not kill unnecessarily this author just pisses me off Very uncritical and vastly uninformed, IMHO


  2. Dennis Willingham Dennis Willingham says:

    Interesting book on the ongoing war in Uganda Does a great job explaining many of the things that confuse me about Africa, tribalism, problems caused by post colonial borders that don t take the pre colonial factors into account, the seeming abandonment of kidnaped child soldiers and brides even after they return home, and lotsA good place to start if you have an interest in the area.


  3. Lauren Hopkins Lauren Hopkins says:

    This is a brilliant telling of the story of the Lord s Resistance Army and how they ve affected northern Uganda, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic over their twenty year reign Written by a journalist who specialized in the area at a time when no one knew what the LRA was, the book is part history and part investigative journalism, talking in detail of the origins of this cult army responsible for the death and displacement of millions of Ugandans while also explainingcurrent d This is a brilliant telling of the story of the Lord s Resistance Army and how they ve affected northern Uganda, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic over their twenty year reign Written by a journalist who specialized in the area at a time when no one knew what the LRA was, the book is part history and part investigative journalism, talking in detail of the origins of this cult army responsible for the death and displacement of millions of Ugandans while also explainingcurrent developments in terms of the peace talks and the search for Joseph Kony The writing is interesting and includes many personal accounts of the war from people who lived through out, including former child soldiers, abducted girls, and even high rankng members of the LRA like Vincent Otti, subsequently killed by Kony over disagreements about the peace process It s an incredibly detailed and important read, especially for those interested in problems facing Africa today


  4. Mike Mike says:

    For comparison s sake I would say that this book is the Ugandan equivalent of Philip Gourevitch s book We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families on the Rwandan genocide and that s very high praise, just for the record In fact I wouldn t be surprised if Peter Eichstaedt had this book in mind while he was writing it has the same combination of colonial history and recounting of the war, combined with smaller vignettes and personal anecdotes with the overarching For comparison s sake I would say that this book is the Ugandan equivalent of Philip Gourevitch s book We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families on the Rwandan genocide and that s very high praise, just for the record In fact I wouldn t be surprised if Peter Eichstaedt had this book in mind while he was writing it has the same combination of colonial history and recounting of the war, combined with smaller vignettes and personal anecdotes with the overarching goal of drawing out the reason behind the conflict.Of course the comparison does break down, most significantly because Philip Gourevitch is a much better writer That being said I would highly recommend this book, particularly as an introduction to and explanation of the conflict in northern Uganda and the Lord s Resistance Army I don t agree with all of his assertions and opinions, but it s informative and an easy read


  5. Patricia Jäger Patricia Jäger says:

    I gave this book three start for the effort it must have taken to collect the material and for the stories it shares of victims and locals Otherwise, I expected a bitfrom this book and I was a bit disappointed by its very white perspective Why I cannot speak about Uganda myself from a personal perspective, I felt that the book lacked the necessary level of cultural sensitivity based on the interview questions that were asked and the words and sentiments chosen when discribing the situati I gave this book three start for the effort it must have taken to collect the material and for the stories it shares of victims and locals Otherwise, I expected a bitfrom this book and I was a bit disappointed by its very white perspective Why I cannot speak about Uganda myself from a personal perspective, I felt that the book lacked the necessary level of cultural sensitivity based on the interview questions that were asked and the words and sentiments chosen when discribing the situation Having a whole chapter on the negative impact and the falsehood of witchdoctors featuring the opinion of foreign catholic priests who turn them away from these false claims , is a level of hypocrisy that actually made me laugh I felt the book readlike a travel journey, the level of analysis was a bit shallow and opinions lacked justifications There are some really interesting parts that made me want to keep on but the chronological jumps were sometimes confusing and seemed unnecessary If you are interested in journalistic work in the area, this book might be for you but I did not find what I was looking for


  6. Judy Judy says:

    Can we all get along By the time I staggered to the end of this book, I thought of Rodney King and his plea for calm during the 1992 L.A riots Apparently, L.A to Uganda, just getting along is quite the challenge Take a very polite mana peaceful farmer cum witch doctor who then becomes a revolutionary force and returns to viciously attack his hometown and the entire north end of Uganda Add a corrupt government and a warrior tribe living on prime farmland, plus missionaries and U.S a Can we all get along By the time I staggered to the end of this book, I thought of Rodney King and his plea for calm during the 1992 L.A riots Apparently, L.A to Uganda, just getting along is quite the challenge Take a very polite mana peaceful farmer cum witch doctor who then becomes a revolutionary force and returns to viciously attack his hometown and the entire north end of Uganda Add a corrupt government and a warrior tribe living on prime farmland, plus missionaries and U.S aid money that never reaches the people for whom it s intended The result is tragedy as written up in this complicated book that is a bit too much information for those, like me, completely unschooled in the geopolitics of Africa Finally, an ah ha moment as a tribal elder explains the situation When two elephants struggle, it is the grass that suffer We are the grass I wish Eichstaedt would write a First Kill Your Family The Light Version I do not need to be entertained and I certainly need to be educated, but I found this scholarly book a ponderous read


  7. Laura Laura says:

    This was a bit dry being that it was written from a journalists point of view, however, the information that he put forth is very disturbing It seems that there is nothing that anyone can or will do to stop the devastation that the Lord s Resistence Army continues to perpetuate I found it incredible that the World is not doing anything to stop this, nor seems to care since this has been going on for over 20 years and we as Westerners barely hear about this The end of this book wasn t very hea This was a bit dry being that it was written from a journalists point of view, however, the information that he put forth is very disturbing It seems that there is nothing that anyone can or will do to stop the devastation that the Lord s Resistence Army continues to perpetuate I found it incredible that the World is not doing anything to stop this, nor seems to care since this has been going on for over 20 years and we as Westerners barely hear about this The end of this book wasn t very heartening as his final few sentances are When he fought in northern Uganda, Kony he toyed with the Ugandan government And now he has the international community dancing for him The band plays on Overall, this book is very informative and gives a person insight and knowledge into the LRA, the struggles of the people of the various countries and the continued ugliness that is being perpetuated


  8. Laurie Laurie says:

    This book really explains the 20 year war that has been going on in Northern Uganda and now spreading to neighboring countries it s origins, major players, the politics involved, and notable events I was relieved, at the end of the book, to learn that even the author still doesn t understand the motives of Joseph Kony and why this war has lasted so long I especially appreciated learningabout the role of the Ugandan government and the conspiracies involved There is so little availabl This book really explains the 20 year war that has been going on in Northern Uganda and now spreading to neighboring countries it s origins, major players, the politics involved, and notable events I was relieved, at the end of the book, to learn that even the author still doesn t understand the motives of Joseph Kony and why this war has lasted so long I especially appreciated learningabout the role of the Ugandan government and the conspiracies involved There is so little available literature out there that focuses on this conflict Eichstaedt has provided a very valuable resource


  9. Ayne Ray Ayne Ray says:

    Eichstaedt puts forth a detailed accounting of the often ignored horrors taking place in Uganda, including kidnapping young children to serve as soldiers or brides i.e sex slaves , the beating, mutilation and murder of dissenters, and the overall destruction of the country as it spirals out of control through violence, avarice, and greed While the book takes ajournalistic approach, it does include copious first person accounts and leaves the reader wondering why we know so little or Eichstaedt puts forth a detailed accounting of the often ignored horrors taking place in Uganda, including kidnapping young children to serve as soldiers or brides i.e sex slaves , the beating, mutilation and murder of dissenters, and the overall destruction of the country as it spirals out of control through violence, avarice, and greed While the book takes ajournalistic approach, it does include copious first person accounts and leaves the reader wondering why we know so little or choose to care about this country as opposed to, say, Sudan, Zimbabwe, or Sierra Leone A powerful and important book, and yet another story of the failure of European colonialism


  10. Eline Eline says:

    The book follows the Ugandan history of Joseph Kony and the Lord s Resistance Army It is a terrible history and therefore not always an enjoyable read Still i believe it is very important to know about the situation Africa s wars and problems have been generally overlooked, something i find horrible Peter Eichstaedt portrays several sides to the story and the book is full of information and possible explanations Definitely a read I recommend, though one does not necessarily need to read eve The book follows the Ugandan history of Joseph Kony and the Lord s Resistance Army It is a terrible history and therefore not always an enjoyable read Still i believe it is very important to know about the situation Africa s wars and problems have been generally overlooked, something i find horrible Peter Eichstaedt portrays several sides to the story and the book is full of information and possible explanations Definitely a read I recommend, though one does not necessarily need to read every page of the book since it speaks about quite a range of aspects to the conflict


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