In the news this week, Democratic Republic of Congo’s Thomas Lubanga, accused of war crimes including the recruitment of child soldiers, was found guilty in The International Criminal Court. This is a victory not only for the victims of Lubanga’s crimes but for victims of similar crimes the world over.
Dave Eggers is one of my favorite authors. He is wry, observant, and brilliant with language. Until about a year ago, all I had read by him were works of fiction. Then I stumbled upon What is the What, an autobiography of a young Sudanese man name Valentino Achak Deng, one of the lost boys of Sudan.