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Social Studies High School

Child Soldiers in Uganda

Uganda, a country in East Africa, endured a 20-year civil war between its government and a rebel group called the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. This war caused a state of crisis in Uganda. The LRA’s acts of brutality, including the use of child soldiers, gained the attention of the United States and the world. In 2006, the Ugandan government and leaders of the LRA began discussing a peace treaty, and activists traveled to Washington, D.C., to urge the United States to support the peace process. In this audio story, a former child soldier tells her personal story and explains her opinion of the United States’ involvement in the situation.

Note: Please be aware that the story includes accounts of violent acts—including murder, rape, torture—that may be disturbing.

World History II Violence Politics

Story Length: 4:28

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AIR DATE: 10/13/2006

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