Buried in the Heart
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.
explores the concept of complex victimhood through stories of women who were abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army.