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Book Review: The School of Restoration by Alice Achan

Book Review: The School of Restoration by Alice Achan

Book Review: The School of Restoration by Alice Achan

26 September 2020

An inspiring and empowering memoir about how one Ugandan woman transformed the lives of war survivors.

Reviewed by Amy Weymouth

 The School of Restoration is a book full of stories of children and young people who suffered unimaginable trauma when they were caught up in years of civil war in Uganda.

Their stories open the reader’s eyes to the pain and heartache that others in our world experience, and equally inspires through the strength and resilience shown by these individuals.

Alice Achan, the strong but humble hero of this book, has her own story of countless traumas growing up in Uganda, but goes on to not only survive, but find meaning in life through her faith and helping young women to heal and grow. Her passion for supporting and advocating for those who suffered through the atrocities of war, to return and sometimes be rejected by their villages and families, is inspirational.

This book challenges one to look beyond their own situations and experiences, to the needs of those around them. In other words – a call to “live, love and fight” alongside others, no matter where life takes you.

Amy Weymouth is a psychologist from Geelong, Victoria.

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