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I Am Evelyn Amony

Reclaiming My Life from the Lord's Resistance Army

Evelyn Amony (author) Erin Baines (editor)
Erin Baines (Introduction by)

ISBN: 9780299304942

Publication Date: Sep 2015

Format: Paperback

More than 60,000 children were abducted in east and central Africa in the 1990s by the violent rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army and its notorious commander Joseph Kony. Evelyn Amony was one of them. I Am Evelyn Amony tells a harrowing story of heartbreaking loss, unrelenting horror, and courageous survival.
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More than 60,000 children were abducted in east and central Africa in the 1990s by the violent rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army and its notorious commander Joseph Kony. Evelyn Amony was one of them.

I Am Evelyn Amony tells a harrowing story of heartbreaking loss, unrelenting horror, and courageous survival. Abducted in 1994 at the age of eleven, Amony spent nearly eleven years inside the Lord’s Resistance Army, becoming a forced wife to Joseph Kony and mother to his children. She takes the reader into the inner circles of LRA commanders and reveals unprecedented personal and domestic details about Joseph Kony. Her account unflinchingly conveys the moral difficulties of choosing survival in a situation fraught with violence, threat, and death.

Amony was freed in 2005 following her capture by the Ugandan military. Despite the trauma she endured with the LRA, Amony joined a Ugandan peace delegation to the LRA in 2006, trying to convince Kony to end the war that had lasted more than two decades. She recounts those experiences, as well as the stigma she and her children faced when she returned home as an adult.

This extraordinary testimony shatters stereotypes of war-affected women, revealing the complex ways that Amony navigated life inside the LRA and her current work as a human rights advocate to make a better life for her children and other women affected by war.

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I am Evelyn Amony may be the ultimate example of a determined woman using her own powerful voice.'
-African Arguments
Illustrations 23 illustrations, 4 maps
Pages 296
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Sep 2015
Publisher The University of Wisconsin Press
Series Women in Africa and the Diaspora
Subject/s History: specific events & topics   Biography & True Stories   Revolutionary groups & movements  
Evelyn Amony is a human rights advocate for waraffected women in northern Uganda, working as chair of the Women’s Advocacy Network and with the Justice and Reconciliation Project in Gulu, Uganda.

Erin Baines is an associate professor in the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia and the cofounder of the Justice and Reconciliation Project in Gulu, Northern Uganda. She is the author of Vulnerable Bodies: Gender, the UN, and the Global Refugee Crisis.

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