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Tall Grass by Carlos Rodríguez Soto
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Nov 02, 2011

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An interesting book, written from the perspective of Father Carlos Soto -- a Catholic Priest heavily involved with the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative and the peace process in Northern Uganda. It follows his own personal involvement in the peace process, and has many interesting anecdotes and insights into the process. It's a well written book (though English is not his first language, a fact which is sometimes apparent), however I was more interested in learning about the history of Uganda, understanding more about Northern Uganda, and getting greater insight into the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and Joseph Kony. From that perspective I found parts of the book interesting but not relevant.

I was particularly interested in chapter two, which recounts much of the history of the conflict and contains insights into the LRA and Joseph Kony; chapter four, which talks about the return of two groups of abducted women; parts of chapter six (pg 102-108), which cover the period when the Uganda People's Defence Force required the general population to move to internally displaced persons camps; and chapter ten, which discusses the phenomenon of "night commuters" (children who nightly travelled from their homes to nearby cities, in the hopes that they would be safe from abduction).

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