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Capitol Hill Launch for IRD’s Faith McDonnell’s Book Girl Soldier
Faith McDonnellJune 12, 2007
Faith J. H. McDonnell, IRD's Religious Liberty Programs Director, and co-author former child soldier/abductee Grace Akallo, celebrated the release of their book Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda's Children last Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at a well-attended Capitol Hill reception and book signing.
IRD President James Tonkowich welcomes those attending the Capitol Hill reception for the release of Girl Soldier.
Smith, a stalwart defender of human rights for many years, congratulated the authors for producing such an important work. Smith praised Akallo for her courage and resilience, noting that he was deeply moved by the gentle spirit of this young survivor. He thanked McDonnell for making it possible for Grace's story, and the story of so many other thousands of Northern Ugandan children, to be heard.
Akallo admitted that when she was first approached by McDonnell, she was uncertain about co-authoring a book about the deeply personal and painful story of Northern Uganda. After much prayer and seeking counsel from others, she decided to go ahead, and she admitted that she was very glad that she did. She hopes and prays that God will use Girl Soldier in such a way that the children of Northern Uganda will be able to live in peace and freedom. Akallo particularly asked those gathered at the Cannon Building to pray for two of her friends, fellow students from St. Mary's school in Aboke, who were abducted when she was and who remain in captivity.
After the speeches, Ms. Akallo and Mrs. McDonnell spent some time signing copies of Girl Soldier. Ms. Akallo will speak at "The Father's Blessing," on Friday, June 15, at 7:30PM at Church of the Apostles in Fairfax, VA (www.churchoftheapostles.org). The next book signing will be Sunday, June 17, from 12:30-3:00 PM, also at Church of the Apostles.
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