The Night Wanderers
Uganda's Children and the Lord's Resistance Army
By Wojciech Jagielski
Translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
A sweeping portrait of contemporary Africa by one of Europe's most exciting and talked-about journalists, The Night Wanderers describes Uganda in the aftermath of a civil war that destroyed the country and in which children were the main agents of destruction.
On an average night in northern Uganda, tens of thousands of children head for the city centers to avoid capture by the Lordís Resistance Army (LRA). 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 almost entirely of kidnapped children. Piecing together what has been broken is proving to be a nearly impossible task. Polish journalist Wojciech Jagielski inserts himself into this hellish landscape and finds a way to speak of these children and their wounded world. In The Night Wanderers, Jagielski shows his readers the horror of children who have been abducted from their homes and forced to kill their own family members; children who, even after they have escaped the LRA, carry the weight of their own acts of murder on their young shoulders. Jagielski portrays Uganda through their eyes as well as his own. Carrying on the rich tradition of Ryszard Kapuscinski, Jagielski digs himself deep into the Ugandan landscape and emerges with a compassionate, incisive, painful, magisterial account of a world that is just starting to pull itself out of the horrors of war. The original Polish edition of The Night Wanderers is shortlisted for the Nike Prize, considered to be the most prestigious literary award in Poland.
Publishing House: Seven Stories Press, 2012
SoftCover book measuring 5.75" x 8.75"
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