Cambridge Studies in Law and Society
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.
List of figures; Preface; Foreword; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction;
2. The new Acholi; 3. The originals; 4. Grandmother; 5. Seven stories; 6. Conclusions; Light Juliane Okot Bitek; Index.
The book explores the concept of complex victimhood through stories of women who were abducted by the Lord's Resistance