The Night Wanderers by Wojciech Jagielski
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 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 Kapuściński, 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.
 

About Wojciech Jagielski

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WOJCIECH JAGIELSKI is a reporter at Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's first and biggest independent daily, where he specializes in Africa, Central Asia, the Trans-Caucasus, and the Caucasus. Jagielski is the recipient of the Dariusz Fikus Award and the Letterature dal Fronte Award (Italy) for his book Towers of Stone: The Battle of Wills in Chechnya, which Seven Stories published in English in 2009, the first of many collaborative works to come.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Seven Stories Press. 289 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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Uganda has been ravaged by civil war, and Joseph Kony's militant Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) continues to perpetrate one of the gravest humanitarian crises of our time—this is the context for this brave, devastating work of war reportage.

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Star Tribune

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Jagielski focuses on Ugandan children who are trying to return to their communities, and on the instability of a country that has struggled for decades to achieve peace.

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Scotsman.com

It’s a journey too into a place where the normal hierachy of life – old at the top, young at the bottom – has been turned on its head.

Jul 14 2012 | Read Full Review of The Night Wanderers: Uganda's...

Scotsman.com

It’s a journey too into a place where the normal hierachy of life – old at the top, young at the bottom – has been turned on its head.

Jul 14 2012 | Read Full Review of The Night Wanderers: Uganda's...

Bookmarks Magazine

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;

Mar 25 2012 | Read Full Review of The Night Wanderers: Uganda's...

Literary Review

Rather, Jagielski succeeds exquisitely in capturing the haunted atmosphere of Acholi-land, the swathe of Uganda north of the White Nile that Kony still considers his home.

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