Reintegration of female ex-child soldiers in Eastern Africa
School of Mission and Theology (now part of VID Specialized University) hosted a research project on “Reintegration of female ex-child soldiers in Eastern Africa: Religious, ethical and practical perspectives” from 2007 till 2011. The project was funded by NUFU: Norwegian Programme for Development, Research and Education, and it included three PhD scholarships and some research also from the supervising teams.
One of the three PhD scholarships was awarded Ms Nambalirwa Helen Nkabala, Makerere University, Uganda, who investigated the roles of Old Testament texts and motifs in the religious rhetoric of the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda. Her thesis “‘There is no difference between Moses and Kony’: A critical analysis of the contextual use of some Old Testament texts and motifs in the early years of the Lord’s Resistance Army,” was supervised by Professor Knut Holter (School of Mission and Theology), Dr Marta Høyland Lavik, (School of Mission and Theology), and Dr Deusdedit Nkurunziza (Makerere University). The thesis was successfully completed and defended in 2012, with a PhD committee consisting of Professor Madipoane Masenya (University of South Africa), Dr Auli Vähäkangas (University of Helsinki, Finland), and Professor Kari Storstein Haug (School of Mission and Theology).
Dr Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala together with Professor Knut Holter and Professor Marta Høyland Lavik.