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More Than a Gunshot Wound: The Every Day of Violence in Karamoja, Uganda, is topic of Brown Bag International Lecture

“More Than a Gunshot Wound: The Every Day of Violence in Karamoja, Uganda,” will be discussed by Mary Sundal, assistant professor, sociology and anthropology, at the Brown Bag International Lecture at noon, Wednesday, March 14 at the International House, Washburn University. The event is free and open to the public.

Based on Sundal’s ethnographic research in 2006-07 with Karimojong mothers of northeast Uganda, she examined how the AK47 has shaped and redefined maternal care-taking strategies. Women explained that the threat of violence from armed cattle raiders, rogue thieves, or UPDF troops was a daily occurrence. Violence, however, extends beyond the gunshot wound and becomes a ubiquitous reminder of past traumas, present hardships, and an unstable future. In this presentation, Sundal will illuminate the everyday of violence in Karamoja: AK47s' indirect effects, how mothers negotiate this unstable environment, and how child health is impacted by each.

Washburn international programs office is sponsoring the event. For information, call (785) 670-1051 or visit

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Amanda Hughes, university relations, (785) 670-2153