Buried in the Heart Women, Complex Victimhood and the War in Northern Uganda

Buried in the Heart Women, Complex Victimhood and the War in Northern Uganda

Part of Cambridge Studies in Law and Society

Author: Erin Baines, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
ISBN: 9781316502099
Series: Cambridge Studies in Law and Society
Subjects: Humanitarian Law, Socio-Legal Studies, Law

In Buried in the Heart, Erin Baines explores the political agency of women abducted as children by the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda, forced to marry its commanders, and to bear their children. Introducing the concept of complex victimhood, she argues that abducted women were not passive victims, but navigated complex social and political worlds that were life inside the violent armed group. Exploring the life stories of thirty women, Baines considers the possibilities of storytelling to reclaim one’s sense of self and relations to others, and to generate political judgement after mass violence. Buried in the Heart moves beyond victim and perpetrator frameworks prevalent in the field of transitional justice, shifting the attention to stories of living through mass violence and the possibilities of remaking communities after it. The book contributes to an overlooked aspect of international justice: women’s political agency during wartime.

‘Buried in the Heart is essential reading for scholars of the Ugandan case and practitioners in the Uganda context. Moreover, the book will be of considerable interest and benefit to scholars and practitioners in the broader field of gender, conflict, and transitional justice.’
Catherine O’Rourke Source: Gender & Development

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