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The Night Wanderers: Uganda's Children and the Lord's Resistance Army

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Fleeing the aggressive reach of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and their brutal leader Joseph Kony,on an average night in northern Uganda tens of thousands of children head for the city centers to avoid capture. They find refuge on the floors of aid agencies or in the streets. In recent years, the civil society was almost completely destroyed by the LRA, itself made up a ...more
Published February 7th 2012 by Seven Stories Press (first published May 2009)
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Daniel Simmons
Jul 15, 2015 Daniel Simmons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"In the old debate about the nature of the journalist's profession, one school declares that our role is to describe the world, and another says that the journalist can, or even should, change the world. I don't know which is more painful for a journalist -- the inadequacy of any description compared with the reality of the horrors of war and the vast extent of tragedy, or the realization of his or her own helplessness and inability to have any influence on the world's fortunes" (p. 87). That se ...more
Alexandra Loobeensky
Początek będzie banalny. Dokładnie taki: pamiętam, gdy w liceum mówiliśmy o Afryce; uściślając – na lekcji geografii. Poinformowano mnie wówczas, że Lesotho jest przykładem enklawy. Mając osiemnaście lat, wychodziłam więc z liceum z geograficzno-historyczną wiedzą, zwaną szumnie o g ó l n ą. Wiedziałam, gdzie jest Sycylia, czym była aksamitna rewolucja, znałam sporo nazwisk i dynastii. Wiedziałam – uderzmy nieco w tony żałobne – co to jest szoah i że „poezja po Oświęcimiu jest niemożliwa”. Przez ...more
It is fitting that I finished the final pages of this book on International Peace Day. Jagielski's strong journalistic tendencies, combined with a powerful narrative form allow him to weave many facets of Ugandan history, political background, and current concerns together in a way that will grab the interests of all readers, from the completely new to the relatively well-versed. He offers a powerful combination of sweeping background and historical setting as well as tight details about the day ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mixed feelings about this book. The recent Ugandan history is certainly very interesting. For the first time I understood how the Lord's Army formed and the whole evolution of the guerrilla movement post independence. The author's voice is however somehow tired, his naïveté around the Ugandan journalists is surprising and the fact he admits he didn't really know much about the country. I don't think he is anywhere near Kapucinski's passion and lyricism in the description of this continent. You e ...more
Feb 22, 2012 Blanka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"- W tym właśnie leży problem. W nazwach - powiedział wyrwany z drzemki Jackson - Nazywacie po swojemu to, co u nas zastajecie, i jesteście przekonani, że mając wszystko ponazywane, będziecie też wszystko rozumieć. Ale my mamy własne nazwy i patrzymy po swojemu."
Mar 22, 2012 Esther rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A frightening report of the rather recent history of Uganda, focusing on the facts around Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerilla army made up from abducted children who are being forced to become guerilla child soldiers.

A very important book pointing the finger at one of the cruelest criminals of our times, who is after all searched on international warrant by the International Criminal Court.

I have just spent a vacation in this beautiful country of Uganda and could thus person
Lukas Dufka
Oct 12, 2015 Lukas Dufka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Quite useful a study of recent Ugandan history and current political situation. Also a very detailed account of the mentality of the local people. The contrast between how the outsiders explain what happens in Africa in general and Uganda in particular and how the Africans see it themselves couldn't be greater. In that sense, there is a lot to be learned in this book from its political and social analysis. Unfortunately, the narrative element, in my opinion, lets the book at most points of the s ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Pola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jedna z bardziej wstrząsających książek, jakie przyszło mi przeczytać. I również jedna z cięższych książek, których nie czyta się do poduszki. Po jej przeczytaniu raczej popadłam w pesymistyczny nastrój, że kiedyś tamte tereny będą miały szansę normalnie funkcjonować.
I don't know whether to stick this in non-fiction or not, especially with the twist at the end.

One of the only books I've been able to find talking about Uganda and its recent history, Jagielski is a reporter sent to the country to cover the presidential election. He spends time in and around Gulu, hearing about Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army (Kony's guerrillas, who are mostly children abducted from their villages and forced to murder and torture). In the beginning, there are plenty
Colin Higbee
Jun 13, 2012 Colin Higbee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"But in fact you only see very little, and only what everyone else can see," he soon added. "But the really important things, without which you can never understand, will remain invisible to you. And you can't change that, just as you can't change yourself." -Jackson (Jagieliski's guide)

A well written history of Gulu, Uganda just as Kony's influence was fading in the area. Jagielski writes openly about what his struggles with reporting on people he emotionally connects to. Very well written and
Rob Black
May 29, 2013 Rob Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an entry into recent Ugandan history, I felt the author did a good job at casually introducing the country, presenting a welcoming picture, while also establishing a time line for the major events and hardships the country has faced in the last half-century. It's 50% about Uganda as a whole, and 50% about child soldiers and their ordeals - you cannot understand one without understanding the other.
Sep 14, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jagielski przedstawia, jak bardzo Afryka różni się od reszty świata, a także jakie piętno odciska na człowieku bycie porwanym jako dziecko i walka jako żołnierz. Zastanawia się też, jaki wpływ na życie Afrykańczyków mają reporterzy pojawiający się w ich życiu tylko na chwilę.
Cat Mckaig
Oct 27, 2013 Cat Mckaig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is hard to believe that this book is translated. It reads seamlessly with a straight forward journalistic style. An authenic narrative with Uganda's history woven througout.
Oct 07, 2012 Sofia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Halfway through the book, and so far there has been very little said about the children. More about the author itself it seems. Sorry, I just can't finish this one...
Lindsey Wallis
May 22, 2013 Lindsey Wallis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really interesting look at politics in Uganda and the attempt of many children and the northern region of the country to move forward after the terror of the LRA.
Anna J-m
Apr 04, 2013 Anna J-m rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uganda, kraj wymęczony wojnami i krwawymi rządami, których podwójnymi ofiarami są dzieci.
Bernie Warmington
May 02, 2013 Bernie Warmington rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very readable account of the impact the LRA has had on the people of northern Uganda.
Edward Sullivan
A powerful, vivid account of a horrific tragedy.
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Gazeta Wyborcza journalist, he specializes in problemes of Africa and Middle Asia and Caucas. Witness of the most important political events in whole word in end of one century and begging of another, constant witness of events in Aphaganist since spring of 1992. Author of a book Dobre miejsce do umierania (1994 - A good place to die), effect of few years of journeys to Caucas in time of fall of S ...more
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