Role in Story: A child assigned by the MONUC to assist Jane while in the Congo, who develops a lasting and strong bond with her.
Occupation: Child and victim of Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. She is assigned to help with Jane’s daily tasks while in camp.
Eight year old Ula marches in defiance directly to the MONUC compound in the Central African Republic during the time of Kony, barking orders at the General announcing that it is she that has a very important job to do if they are going to get anything accomplished. Ula is hell-bent on finding her twin brother who was snatched by the LRA earlier that month. She has witnessed extreme horrors having searched through the mass graves alone in search for her brother, and even had to hide beneath the bodies as the soldiers passed to look for survivors to execute. Ula, exuberant and ever stubborn, is in charge of tending to Jane while on a mission to the Congo to take out the LRA. Jane has an affinity to ULA right away, despite Ula constantly challenging her. She pushes Jane for answers each time the team returns from a mission with truck loads of rescued and recruited child soldiers, as well as the bodies of Kony’s men. This fuels her passion for justice, and she knows that the only way she can help is to lead her own resistance. Ula will rise as a powerful character throughout the ORION series. Her long and committed friendship with Jane is heartwarming and inspiring. The brave child Ula will become the inspiration and hero so many victims of the LRA demand.
“A training tip from me?I don’t have training, what I have to say is get educated. Education is power. Education doesn’t always come from expensive universities and elite schools. Education can come from networking with the right people and sources, from doing research and relying on fact. Filter through emotions and hatred to get to the bottom of powerful issues that have meaning to you and then chase them to solve real world problems. One educated person can make a difference. An educated person can educate more people to end violence, hate crimes, human trafficking, hunger, disease and war. Education is not just for the young or the rich, it is available for all because we are all teachers if we teach the truth, and are willing to listen.”
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