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Uganda’s Warrior Girls

| September 10, 2007

Yes, this slight, shy girl talking with me in the schoolyard killed four people. The rebel soldiers had given her the dictum so many warrior Ugandan children live under: “Kill, or we will kill you.” She tells her story in a rapid-fire, hushed monotone—as if rushing to deliver a memorized passage from a tale too awful to really think about. And that it is. She is only now 16 years old: as an 11-year-old soldier she killed grown men. I don’t give her name because life is still too dangerous for her. Abducted from her school by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as a small child, she is now rebuilding her life in northern Uganda—a student at a boarding school for girls in Kitgum, near the Sudanese border. In the run of her life, she managed to escape from the brutality of the rebel army only to return to her village to find her parents dead. More »

Hillary’s Rove Factor

| September 6, 2007

Murders in Mexico Continue

| September 4, 2007

L’Chaim! A Celebration of Grace Paley

| August 27, 2007

Hillary Gets Down

| August 22, 2007

Bucking an Anti-Terror Law

| August 20, 2007

What Price Earth?

| August 16, 2007

Abeer’s Courage

| August 9, 2007

During the long days of the rape and murder court-martial of Sgt. Jesse Spielman at Fort Campbell where I was reporting a story for the Women’s Media Center website—I was struck by the language I was hearing and the apparent meaning of the words. More »

Lessons From a Congress Rushing to Recess

| August 8, 2007

Update—Spielman Convicted and Sentenced for the Murder and Rape of Abeer

| August 6, 2007

A third soldier, Private Jesse Spielman, 23, was sentenced Saturday night to 110 years in prison after being convicted Friday of the rape and murder of 14-year-old Abeer Qassim Rasheed Al-Janabi. However, like Sergeant Paul Cortez and Specialist James Barker, who were also convicted in the case, Spielman will, says the Associated Press, be eligible for parole after only 10 years in prison. More »