Conflict and reconstruction in Northern Uganda: Telling Stories and Healing Wounds
The African Studies Program and the African Students Union invite you to a conversation with Ricky Richard Anywar, former child combatant in the Lord's Resistance Army and the founder and executive director of Friends of Orphans, a humanitarian organization in Northern Uganda, and Keely Hutton, author of Soldier Boy, a young adult novel based on Anwar's life story.
A short presentation by both speakers will be followed by an informal conversation with the audience.
Anywar is the recipient of the Harriet Tubman Freedom Award from Free the Slaves, and the Humanitarian Award from World of Children in recognition for his work in transforming lives through his organization, Friends of Orphans (http://frouganda.org/), which is committed to the empowerment, rehabilitation and reintegration of former child soldiers, abductees, child mothers and orphans in Northern Uganda.
Hutton is a novelist, educational journalist, and former teacher. She is the recipient of the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop scholarship at Chautauqua. Working closely with Anywar since 2012, her novel Soldier Boy tells a story of "how one boy’s unbreakable spirit and indomitable courage led him to survive war and enslavement and go on to create a haven for others who suffered a similar fate." (https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374305635).
Refreshments will be provided at this event.