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June 23, 2011

Grace Akallo and Chantale Walker 3rd and 2nd from right: Grace Akallo and Chantale Walker of the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations

At the United Nations Permanent Mission of Germany, Grace Akallo, former child soldier and founder of United Africans for Women and Children Rights, spoke with a voice representing thousands, insisting on "the importance of education, care and protection from member states to save children and youth from conflict." READ MORE...

November 29, 2009

Grace Akallo, Lucy Liu, and Ann Veneman Left to right: Grace Akallo, Lucy Liu, and
Ann Veneman, UNICEF'S Executive Director
(New York)

Grace Akallo: Speaks to UNICEF in New York with Actor Lucy Liu and Ann Veneman, UNICEF's Executive Director

UN child rights convention well incorporated into national laws: report
Grace Akallo, Lucy Liu, and Ann Veneman Left to right: Grace Akallo, Lucy Liu, and Ann Veneman, UNICEF'S Executive Director (New York)

BEIJING, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has been well incorporated into national laws across the world, showed a report issued here Friday by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Xinhua News Agency.

A recent study released in the report, a special edition of the UNICEF series on "The State of the World's Children", found about two thirds of the 52 countries the UNICEF reviewed have made specific references to child rights in their national laws, with a third of them integrating the CRC into their constitutions. READ MORE...

Arpil 23, 2009

Grace Akallo: Former Ugandan child soldier speaks out at John Hopkins University

At the age of 15, Grace Akallo was abducted by and forced to serve in the Lord's Resistance Army, a sectarian guerrilla army based in Northern Uganda, which claims to seek justice for the people of Uganda against the government. READ MORE...

Arpil 29, 2009

Grace Akallo Addresses UN Security Council on children in armed conflict

NEW YORK, USA, 29 April 2009 – A former child soldier told the tale of her abduction and abuse by an armed rebel group to the United Nations Security Council today, as the council discussed the latest report from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on children in armed conflict. READ MORE...

March 5, 2009

Grace Akallo: University of Wisconsin Lecture

Famine, malnutrition and violence are how Grace Akallo describes her life as a Ugandan child solider to a crowd March 4 in UW Oshkosh’s Halsey Science Center. Akallo’s book, “Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda’s Children,” details her journey through war and suggests ways to reduce the prevalence of child soldiers in northern Africa. READ MORE...

February 19, 2008

Ms. Akallo at James Madison University

On Feb. 19, 2008, former child soldier Grace Akallo shared her powerful story of strength and survival with the Madison community. Akallo grew up in Uganda where she was kidnapped at the age of 15 and forced to fight for Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. After seven terrifying months, Akallo escaped with “her spirit and humanity in tact,” said JMU English professor Dr. Joanne Gabbin in her opening remarks to the audience gathered in Wilson Hall. READ MORE...

June 6, 2007

Capitol Hill Launch for IRD’s Faith McDonnell’s Book Girl Soldier
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. READ MORE...

October 12, 2006

Catholic News: Grace Akallo

Former teen soldier asks U.S. to help work for peace in Uganda READ MORE...

May 10, 2006

Washington Post Article: Grace Akallo

A Child's Hell in the Lord's Resistance Army; Years After She Escaped Ugandan Rebels, Grace Akallo Fights to End a War. READ MORE...