Book Launch - I Am Evelyn Amony: Reclaiming my Life from the Lord's Resistance Army

Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Join us at the book launch for I am Evelyn Amony: Reclaiming my Life from the Lord’s Resistance Army with author Evelyn Amony and other special guests.

Tuesday, April 3rd 
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Liu Institute for Global Issues – Case Room
Light refreshments will be offered.
Please come early to secure your seat! This event is now sold out.

IamEvelynAmony

 

Author Evelyn Amony and Special Guests reflect on the power of testimony and storytelling in the aftermaths of war, and the possibilities they hold for resistance, remaking memory and social repair.

Featuring Evelyn Amony, Chairperson of Women’s Advocacy Network, Uganda.

Facilitated by Professor Erin Baines, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

With Reflections by Scholars, Artists, and Storytellers.

Books and Beads will be available for sale.

Purchase her book on UW Press.

Overview of her Book: More than 60,000 children were abducted in east and central Africa in the 1990s by the violent rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army and its notorious commander Joseph Kony. Evelyn Amony was one of them. Abducted at the age of eleven, Evelyn Amony spent nearly eleven years inside the Lord’s Resistance Army, becoming a forced wife to Joseph Kony and mother to his children. She takes the reader into the inner circles of LRA commanders and reveals unprecedented personal and domestic details about Joseph Kony. Her account unflinchingly conveys the moral difficulties of choosing survival in a situation fraught with violence, threat, and death.

Amony was freed following her capture by the Ugandan military. Despite the trauma she endured with the LRA, Amony joined a Ugandan peace delegation to the LRA, trying to convince Kony to end the war that had lasted more than two decades. She recounts those experiences, as well as the stigma she and her children faced when she returned home as an adult.

This extraordinary testimony shatters stereotypes of war-affected women, revealing the complex ways that Amony navigated life inside the LRA and her current work as a human rights advocate to make a better life for her children and other women affected by war.

It came on its own from my heart. I just felt it was important to narrate these things. I experienced such terrible things, but I am not the only one to have had this experience.
—Evelyn Amony

Sponsored by: The Memory, Resistance and Social Repair Group, managed by Liu Scholars.