An Encounter with Emma: Rethinking Security & State Sovereignty
Lloyd Axworthy
October 17, 2003

Emma is a young, thirteen year old girl from the Gulu region of Uganda who I met just over a year ago during an international conference on war-affected children held in my home city of Winnipeg. She had come all that way to tell her story, and for an hour or so in a room in the old Fort Garry hotel she told a harrowing tale of being abducted at the age of nine by a rebel group working out of the Sudan, turned into a sex slave by one of the warlords, giving birth to a child of her own at the age of eleven, seeking escape by becoming a warrior and in turn ordered to kill her own family and members of her tribe.

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