'Exceptional...an account of how to stay alive, and even find a measure of belonging, at the heart of a paranoid self-propelled death cult.'
Times Literary Supplement
'Particularly haunting...the book as a whole raises profound questions.'
'One of 2016’s best books.'
'A superb narrative of one man’s nightmarish descent into a world of depravity.'
'A unique and compelling account that effectively intertwines the biographical account of George Omona (fictional name)...with the wider narrative of an ongoing conflict.'
LSE Review of Books
'Cakaj renders George Omona’s story of joining the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda with ... an appealing, clear-eyed simplicity.'
‘As I read this book, I read my own experiences and what I went through. It is a story that all people should know about: how men, women and children suffer and survive conflict.’
Evelyn Amony, author of I am Evelyn Amony and chair, Women’s Advocacy Network
‘Of all the books written about the LRA, this is the one that the politicians and diplomats should be reading. Cakaj puts us in the boots of the kids, pawns that nobody on the world stage can be bothered to save, left walking to this day.’
Jane Bussmann, author of The Worst Date Ever, or How it Took a Comedy Writer to Expose Africa's Secret War
‘Cakaj's meticulously-researched account takes the reader into the heart of one of Africa's most feared organisations, capturing the mundane brutality of life in the LRA.’
Michela Wrong, author of Borderlines and It's Our Turn to Eat
'Gripping and gleaming with insight. Ledio Cakaj leads the reader into the very heart of one of Africa’s least-understood but most enduring rebel movements.'
Matthew Green, author of The Wizard of the Nile
‘A deep and intimate portrait of the daily life of a child soldier.’
Andrew Rice, author of The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget