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'Girl Solder' Author to Appear at Rock the Desert Music Festival

"Girl Soldier is not fiction, yet that fact becomes harder to believe with every page we turn.
This book is more than just a call to action. It is a challenge to our moral compass."
-Adrian Bradbury, founder and director, GuluWalk

Contact: Loralei Coyle, 202-682-4131, 202-905-6852 cell, lcoyle@ird-renew.org; Radio Interviews: Jeff Walton, jwalton@ird-renew.org; both with The Institute on Religion and Democracy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 /Christian Newswire/ -- Faith J.H. McDonnell, author of "Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda's Children" will appear at Rock the Desert 2007, the annual Christian music festival in Odessa, Texas August 10-11. McDonnell, who serves as the director of religious liberty programs for the Institute on Religion and Democracy, will be available for media interviews and on-hand to sign copies of her new book co-authored with Grace Akallo.

"I'm really happy to be back in Midland," said McDonnell. "I love Rock the Desert and am eager to share the stories of the children of Northern Uganda from my book."

About Girl Soldier: For several decades a brutal army of rebels has been raiding villages in northern Uganda, kidnapping children and turning them into soldiers or wives of commanders. More than 30,000 children have been abducted over the last twenty years and forced to commit unspeakable crimes. Grace Akallo was one of these. Her story, which is the story of many Ugandan children, recounts her terrifying experience. In a new book co-authored with Akallo, Faith McDonnell provides historical background and insights on how people can personally make a difference.

What others are saying about Girl Soldier:

"A precious gift from two women, both uniquely qualified to speak for the suffering children of Uganda, one an eloquent survivor and the other a fearless advocate. It is no coincidence that their names are Grace and Faith."
-Michael Card, Bible teacher and musician

"A much-needed reminder of the suffering and faith of the people of northern Uganda. Both have gone largely unnoticed for too long."
-The Rt. Rev. Robert W. Duncan, bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh; moderator, Anglican Communion Network

"A poignant reminder that the darkness of the soul and the cruel behaviors it leads to are more devastating than we could imagine. This is an incredible account that demands a hearing and invites a response."
-Steven W. Haas, vice president, World Vision International

Girl Soldier is available for purchase on the IRD web site as well as book stores.