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China's story of her life as a child conscript in the Ugandan National Resistance Army starts at age 8 and continues for ten years of terror, humiliation and sexual
assault. After rejoining the army years later she serves as bodyguard to the Minister for Records who is disgraced and China is then captured by the Ugandan secret service and is tortured for six months. It is a story from the horrors of the Ugandan civil war, one of Africa's bloodiest and longest-running conflicts, which has gone on for over 40 years and where children are abducted and forced to commit atrocities regularly (as many as 8,000 per year). China's story exposes the reality of their civil war and the terrors committed and endured by children.

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Child Soldier
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August 15th, 2015
This biography took me a long time to get through. I believe it was written just as the author would have verbally spoke about her story so it's written almost as if in broken English? I found parts difficult to understand initially and found that her story jumped around a bit, it was hard to keep up. However, I have an incredible amount of respect for a woman capable of not only overcoming these kinds of atrocities but then having the courage to write about. So if you have patience and an interest in what true strength looks like, then give this a shot. I may also suggest the biography "A Long Way Gone" by Ishmael Beah. It is also the story of a child soldier and is one of my all time favourite books. Both are powerful stories, I simply preferred the style and structure of "A Long Way Gone" more.
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