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Ledio Cakaj

Researcher and Writer

On the defection of Maikol Signaler

Michael Omona, aka Maikol Signaler, one of Kony's main communication handlers, returned to Uganda this week. He apparently surrendered in Sam Ouandja, CAR, near the border with Kafia Kingi, where Kony has been holed up for the last few years.... Continue Reading →

Great article on how to talk about rebels

Jamie Hitchen wrote this fascinating article for Africa is a Country on the general discourse relating to rebel groups in Africa. He uses examples from When the Walking Defeats You and from the writings of Nigerian expert on Boko Haram Atta Barkindo to... Continue Reading →

My profile on ‘We Too Are America’

I was featured in this wonderful Facebook page highlighting the stories of immigrants and their contribution to the US and the world. With a bit about my journey from being an undocumented migrant in Greece and the UK to graduating college and... Continue Reading →

VOA article and full interview about my book and life story – In Albanian

It was a pleasure being in the VOA studios here in Washington DC on Sunday 12 February for an interview with Keida Kostreci, the well respected journalist and anchor of the news program Ditari. We spoke about the book and... Continue Reading →

‘Make 2017 the year of the internally displaced,’- my blog for IDMC

I wrote this piece for the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center on the plight of IDPs, the vital need to understand their stories and help them before it reaches a crisis point. Focusing on refugees, albeit badly, but ignoring IPDs is... Continue Reading →

‘You belong to Joseph Kony’ – My latest for African Arguments

On Dominic Ongwen's case at the ICC with a short excerpt from the book illustrating how many child soldiers - likely including Ongwen - made their entry into the LRA: against their will and covered in blood. Full piece.

My interview with ‘International Justice Tribune’

My thoughts on the Ongwen case at the ICC. In short, it is a complicated case that underlines the tragedy that this long conflict has been for many. More here.

Excellent Book Review in The Spectator

'But at core it’s a superb narrative of one man’s nightmarish descent into a world of depravity, overseen by an omnipotent tyrant cloaking supreme selfishness and savagery in the garb of religious mysticism.' Full review  

Great book review in The Conversation

I was very happy to see this excellent review by Professor Stephen Chan of SOAS in The Conversation, referring to the 'When the Walking Defeats You' as one of the best books of 2016.  

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