Kevin McLaughlin and Opwonya Innocent: Innocent: A Spirit of Resilience | Letters Bookshop | Page: Readings & Signings | Indy Week
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Kevin McLaughlin and Opwonya Innocent: Innocent: A Spirit of Resilience 

When: Sun., April 9, 6 p.m. 2017
Price: Free

The psychological wounds left on the people who fight in wars don't always heal. The damage done to a child who is forced to take up arms would seem almost impossible to overcome. Yet Innocent: A Spirit of Resilience, cowritten by local writer Kevin McLaughlin, tells the story of a just such a child, one who has lived to tell of his hellish experience but kept it from defining him. Opwonya Innocent was just ten when he was kidnapped by the anti-government forces loyal to the notorious Joseph Kony during Uganda's civil war. In his own candid, unflinching words, Innocent tells the story of a childhood marked by hunger and poverty, his terrifying captivity, his narrow escape, and his subsequent recovery and advocacy work. In telling Innocent's remarkable story, McLaughlin reminds readers of our shared humanity. Innocent will Skype in for this reading at Letters Bookshop, followed by another at the Regulator on April 30. —David Klein

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