Boy Soldier

Boy Soldier

by Okello Norman

With Hollander Theo

Published by: Unbound

528 Pages, 6.00 x 9.50 in

  • Hardcover
  • 9781783528110
  • Published: February 2021


Uganda's civil war with Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army has raged since the early 1990s, claiming over 100,000 lives and displacing around 1.5 million people. The LRA are a rebel force who combine religious mysticism with extreme brutality, infamous for abducting tens of thousands of children for use as soldiers and forcing them to commit unspeakable violence. Their insurgency continues to this day, though most of us know little about it. Boy Soldier tells the story of one of the children who fell victim to this forgotten war. After an idyllic childhood, Norman Okello was abducted by the LRA at the age of twelve. In captivity, he was subjected to a ruthless training regime aimed at turning him into a killing machine free from conscience and fear. Norman’s struggled constantly to stay alive while maintaining his humanity, and he eventually managed to escape his ordeal. But having fled the clutches of the LRA, he was faced with the task of trying to reintegrate into a society that feared and despised him. Harrowing, inspiring and enlightening in equal measure, Boy Soldier is above all a story of survival and redemption against unbelievable odds.