ISBN 9789970259366
Pages 202
Dimensions 210 x 140mm
Published 2018
Publisher Fountain Publishers, Uganda
Format Paperback

Not Yet Sunset

A Story of Survival and Perseverance in LRA Captivity

by Grace Acan

When the boys in her class asked her to sit on the ground in the classroom because they felt girls were dull and so only fit for the dusty floor while they sat on chairs, Grace refused to do so, and vowed to struggle for gender equality. As she excelled in school, the war in neighbouring northern Uganda districts was something Grace only heard about, but did not witness. In the early morning of 10 October 1996, this ended. The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group broke into her school dormitory at St. Mary’s College, Aboke in Apac district, and abducted 139 schoolgirls. Grace was marched to South Sudan where she endured close to nine years of forced labour, hardship and violence at the hands of the rebels.

This book is a story of her childhood, abduction and life inside the LRA. Grace never gave up hope of returning to Uganda to realise her dream. She escaped the LRA to resume her education, providing exceptional leadership to thousands of students in high school and university. Not Yet Sunset is a story of survival, resilience, determination and inspiration. Today, Grace is an advocate for the rights of women, children, and conflict-affected communities in Uganda. She has a degree from Gulu University in Development Studies and is currently pursuing a post-graduate diploma in Project Planning and Management.

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