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by Matthew Green


Matthew Green is the author of Aftershock: the untold story of suriving peace, published by Portobello Books, which documents the post-conflict experience of British soldiers.

The historical content, interviews (with ex-abductees), travelogue and dangerous situations make this a compelling read. Matthew Green is the author of Aftershock: the untold story of suriving peace, published by Portobello Books, which documents the post-conflict experience of British soldiers. He has spent the past 14 years working as a correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters and has reported from more than 30 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

About the Author The story of the LRA has not been well documented, and Green's book helps to remedy that. The writing is engaging, and the subject matter very interesting.

Matthew Green speaks fluent Swahili, studied African politics at university, and has spent four years on the ground in East Africa as a reporter for Reuters. He is now the West Africa correspondent for the Financial Times. This is his first book. The story of the LRA has not been well documented, and Green's book helps to remedy that. If and when Kony's war is finally ended, the trauma that he has caused will last for decades.

Matthew Green (born 17 October 1975) is a British journalist and author. The Wizard of the Nile: The Hunt for Africa's Most Wanted. Portobello Books: London, 2008. He was raised in Hampton Middlesex where he attended Hampton School before he studied African politics at Oxford University and spent five years on the ground in East Africa reporting for Reuters.

January 25 2008, 12:00am, The Times

January 25 2008, 12:00am, The Times. THE FUGITIVE in question is Joseph Kony - the mad, prolifically murderous leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a militia of Christian fanatics and their mostly kidnapped legions of under-age fighters, who have been terrorising northern Uganda and surrounding countries for more than 20 years, at the cost of thousands of lives

The book explores the multiple political origins of the conflict and shows that there is more to the story than one psychopath wreaking havoc on central Africa.

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Intrigued by the myths, Matthew Green heads off into a war zone, meeting the victims, the peacemakers and the regional powerbrokers as he tracks down the man himself

Intrigued by the myths, Matthew Green heads off into a war zone, meeting the victims, the peacemakers and the regional powerbrokers as he tracks down the man himself.

Intrigued by the myths, Matthew Green heads off into a war zone, meeting the victims, the peacemakers and the regional powerbrokers, as he tracks down the man himself

Intrigued by the myths, Matthew Green heads off into a war zone, meeting the victims, the peacemakers and the regional powerbrokers, as he tracks down the man himself. Matthew Green on Journalisted.

Part Le Carr?, part Gourevitch, the story of a journey into one of the wildest corners of the African continent, and into the psychology of the charismatic el-leader who is waging a war without end, for a cause nobody understands The civil war in Uganda has bled on for over two decades, spilling over into Sudan and the Congo. and drawing only occasional interest from the West.

The Hunt for Africa’s Most Wanted. The civil war in Uganda, notes Financial Times West Africa correspondent Green, has lasted more than 20 years, a complex struggle marked by ethnic and religious rivalries as well as mere party politics. That war has spilled over into neighboring states that have had terrible troubles of their own-Kenya, Sudan, Congo-and has cost untold numbers of lives. It has also been fought, in large part, by children, most kidnapped and pressed into the service of warlords.

The civil war in Uganda has bled on for over two decades, spilling over into Sudan and the Congo and drawing only occasional interest from the West. The rebel insurgency in the north is led by "the wizard of the Nile," Joseph Kony, whose Lord's Resistance Army is infamous both for its wish to rule Uganda according to the Ten Commandments and its unrelenting brutality. Matthew Green journeys up the White Nile in order to answer what seemed at first a simple question: "How could one maniac leading an army of abducted children hold half a country hostage for twenty years?" His quest is complicated not only by his plunge into a war zone to find the notoriously elusive Kony, but because the conflict itself continues to resist his, and our, attempts to understand it. He meets the victims maimed and raped by Kony's soldiers; the soldiers themselves, who were first children, victims of abduction; and the political leaders who have their own reasons for preferring war to peace.
Thetalen
Very interesting first person look at the ongoing conflict in Uganda, which has also influenced Sudan and the Congo. Explains a little about Joseph Kony, who is responsible for so many kidnappings, mutilations and murders. It is very readable and engaging.
Doomwarden
For more than 20 years now, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has been waging war against innocent civilians in Northern Uganda and surrounding countries, pillaging, torturing, dismembering and murdering adults, and kidnapping children to brutalise, brainwash and use as recruits. Journalist Matthew Green set out to find and interview the LRA's leader Joseph Kony, and this book tells the story of his journey.

Kony claims to be representing the Acholi people of Northern Uganda in a war to overthrow President Museveni's government and install a government "based on the Ten Commandments". He does not seem to realise that his actions are diametrically opposed to every one of the Ten Commandments: 1. No other God and 2. No idols - Kony is a practising spirit medium; 3. Misusing God's name - Kony frequently purports to speak for God; 4. Sabbath Day - The LRA conducts raids on Sundays; 5. Honour parents - the LRA kidnaps children then forces them to kill their families; 6. No murder - Kony does plenty of that; 7. No adultery - Kony has 80 wives; 8. No stealing - the LRA constantly steals; 9. No lying - Kony engages in consistent deception; 10. No coveting - Kony is always coveting the possessions and positions of others.

The story of the LRA has not been well documented, and Green's book helps to remedy that. The writing is engaging, and the subject matter very interesting. However, the author's quest to meet Joseph Kony is ultimately more of a celebrity chase than a search to find the answer to any serious question. If and when Kony's war is finally ended, the trauma that he has caused will last for decades.
Tisicai
This book is OK as a bit of travel adventure and human interest story but it should not be regarded as an explanation of the Lords Resistance Army or an analysis of Kony, the organization or its agenda or psychology. In fact, there is little content relating to any of that. Instead, the author seems preoccupied with his own quest to see Kony and with extricating himself from some bungled attempts to do so. However, Green's writing style is not bad and the book is easy to read but if you want to gain serious understanding of the LRA, I would not recommend this book.
Hellmaster
Books and essays written by Sverker Finnström and Tim Allen are better places to start reading about the LRA and Uganda. Their work imparts an understanding of the conflict rather than an impression of the author's ego.
The Wizard of the Nile: The Hunt for Africa's Most Wanted ebook
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Matthew Green
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