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Grace Akallo

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Grace Akallo "is a student at Gordon College near Boston, Massachusetts. She was abducted by Ugandan rebels at the age of 15 and is now serving as a spokesperson and activist for peace in northern Uganda... Akallo finished her secondary education at St. Mary’s. She later transferred from Uganda Christian University in Kampala to Gordon College near Boston, where she is completing her senior year. While juggling her studies, Akallo also serves as a spokesperson and peace activist with World Vision, a Christian relief and development organization working in northern Uganda. In April, Akallo testified before the House of Representatives, urging Members of Congress and the Bush Administration to better engage in Ugandan peace efforts. October 9, the 10th anniversary of her abduction, she will serve on a keynote panel at “Uganda Lobby Day,” an event designed to inform and equip citizen advocates to reach out to their elected officials to tangibly support peace and reconstruction in northern Uganda. She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004 and in April 2006, was featured in the Washington Post."[1]

In June of 2007, she co-authored a book with Faith J. H. McDonnell titled “Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda’s Children.”

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  1. World Vision Grace Akallo, organizational web page, accessed April 23, 2012.