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"Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern
Uganda's Children"



Guest speaker and Author Grace Akallo
March 4, 2009 7pm
Halsey RM109
Free and open to all


  Ms. Grace Akallo is a surviving child soldier from Uganda, who was captured in 1996 in an attack on St. Mary’s College, a girls’ boarding school in northern Uganda.  She was taken, along with 138 other girls, to southern Sudan, where she was forced to fight for the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).  The LRA released 109 of the students back to the headmaster, but kept Grace and 29 others.  She was given a gun, and learned how to assemble, disassemble, and clean it.  The leaders told her that when she became hungry enough, she would learn how to shoot it Grace was able to escaped seven months later.
  Grace will spend a couple hours bravely reliving her experiences and discussing the situation of child soldiers today.  She will also discuss current programs in place for the rehabilitation of child soldiers and what still needs to be done. Please take time to come hear the remarkable story of Grace Akallo and her journey from child soldier to activist, author, and inspiration.

 

Interfaith Evening with Grace Akallo and
Oshkosh Faith
Community


Guest speaker and Author Grace Akallo
March 3, 2009 7pm
First Congregationalist Church
137 Algoma Blvd
Free and open to all



Come hear the incredible story of a former child soldier who has become a peace activist and spokesperson for World Vision, a Christian relief and development organization working across the nation to help rehabilitate child soldiers.  Grace will also discuss current programs in place and what can be done to help the children of Northern Uganda.  All are welcome to share an evening of faith and inspiration from one who has been invisible. Stepping now into the light she shares her story in hopes of bringing peace and understanding to the children of Northern Uganda. 

 


Ms. Akallo's Biography

Grace Akallo
Spokesperson, children of war in northern Uganda
Based in Boston, Massachusetts

Grace Akallo graduated from Gordon College near Boston, Mass. She was abducted by Ugandan rebels at the age of 15 and is now serving as a spokesperson and activist for peace in northern Uganda.

October 9, 1996, Ugandan rebels called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) attacked St. Mary’s College, a girls' boarding school in Aboke Town in northern Uganda, abducting 139 girls, including Akallo. The school’s deputy headmistress, Sister Rachelle Fassera, followed the rebels into the bush and pleaded for her students’ release. The rebels released 109 of the girls back to her, but kept Akallo and 29 others.

Akallo and her schoolmates were marched into southern Sudan, where the LRA was based. The rebels gave her a gun and taught her how to assemble, disassemble and clean it. They told her when she got hungry enough, she’d learn how to shoot it.

Akallo was abused and forced to commit atrocities against civilians and her own fellow captives. She witnessed the fate of two children who had tried, unsuccessfully, to escape. They were brutally murdered in front of her.

Seven months later, Akallo found herself caught in the crossfire of a battle. Literally dodging bullets, she fled. Eventually, she found a small group of children who also escaped. They walked three days, living on soil and leaves before they found a group of villagers who cared for them and helped them return to northern Uganda.

Akallo finished her secondary education at St. Mary’s. She later transferred from Uganda Christian University in Kampala to Gordon College near Boston graduating in May 2007.

While juggling her studies, Akallo also served as a spokesperson and peace activist with World Vision, a Christian relief and development organization working in northern Uganda. In April 2006, Akallo testified before the House of Representatives, urging Members of Congress and the Bush Administration to better engage in Ugandan peace efforts. October 9, 2006, the 10th anniversary of her abduction, she served on a keynote panel at “Uganda Lobby Day,” an event designed to inform and equip citizen advocates to reach out to their elected officials to tangibly support peace and reconstruction in northern Uganda.

She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004 and in April 2006, was featured in the Washington Post.

 

To learn how you can help visit World Vision and Grace's "Gift of Grace"

To watch the newest update of Uganda and its child soldiers visit www.invisiblechildren.com

To purchase a copy of Grace's book visit www.amazon.com