"FOR GIRLS IN THE BUSH, LIFE WAS SOMEHOW HARDER. SOME DAYS WHEN I THOUGHT I COULD JUST DIE, I FOUND THAT THERE WAS STILL MORE TO ENDURE IN THE NIGHT."
At 10 Grace lost her childhood when she was abducted and taken as a child soldier – forced to fight, maim, and kill or be killed… then taken as a “bride” at age 12 and a mother shortly after… she could not wake up from this nightmare.
Years of torture ensued, but even after she escaped from the rebel army, her suffering did not end. Stigmatized and rejected by her community, her life become one of loneliness, poverty, isolation, anger, bitterness and hopelessness…
But Grace’s story doesn’t end there – through her faith and a new life in a therapeutic community, transformation began…
Today, there are 35 conflict zones around the world where children are growing up in the shadow of war. In recent years, the nature of armed conflict has resulted in even more threats to children. And for the girl child, the threat is even greater.
But these girls are not victims, they are survivors. We know them, and so do you. They are mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends, and the world needs to hear their stories.
In this book you will witness incredible true stories of girl soldier survivors in northern Uganda. Through photos and storytelling, you will see their lives completely broken and beautifully transformed.
Do not let the world continue to ignore the undeniable and devastating impact of war on children. Instead, join hands in a movement toward real change.
THE AUTHORS |
NATALIE AND KRISTIN MET IN GULU, UGANDA, IN 2010 WHILE WORKING AT A REHABILITATION CENTER FOR YOUNG WOMEN TRAUMATIZED BY WAR. THEY RECOGNIZED A SHARED INTEREST IN HONORING THESE WOMEN BY SHARING THEIR STORIES AND HAVE BEEN WORKING TO DO THAT EVER SINCE.
Kristin Barlow is Director of Programs with ChildVoice based in New Hampshire. She received her Bachelor's in Nutrition & Dietetics from Olivet Nazarene University and worked in Uganda with ChildVoice for four years. There she specialized in the areas of nutrition & health education and establishing income-generating projects in the local community.
Natalie Committee-Fath is a communications specialist in Charlotte, NC. Previously, Natalie created a micro-enterprise development course and loan program for young women in Uganda, and coordinated economic development projects with partners in the U.S., Uganda, and Malawi. Natalie received her Bachelor's in Journalism and Master of Business Administration from West Virginia University.
WITNESS BROKEN LIVES TRANSFORMED FROM WAR TO HOPE & HEALING
January 28, 2017, 2-4 p.m.
The Potter’s House bookstore, Washington, D.C.