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Wojciech Jagielski (b. 1960) served as a foreign correspondent for Poland's leading independent daily newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza from 1991 to 2012, reporting mainly from conflict zones in the Transcaucasus, Central Asia, and Africa. He recounts his travels in the Caucasus during the declining years of the Soviet Union in Dobre miejsce do umierania (A Good Place to Die, Historia i Sztuka, 1994), and chronicles Afghan regimes in his bestselling work, Modlitwa o deszcz (Praying for Rain, W.A.B., 2002), which was nominated for Poland's most prestigious book prize, the NIKE award, in 2002. Jagielski received the Dariusz Fikus Award, Poland's highest prize for journalism, in 2003. His tragic tale of Chechnya, Towers of Stone (Seven Stories Press, 2009), won the Italian Literatura Frontera Award. Jagielski is the winner of the 2011 special achievement prize in honor of the 15th anniversary of the Polish Grand Press awards for journalism. His latest book, The Night Wanderers (Seven Stories Press, 2012), about child soldiers in Uganda, is necessary reading as President Barack Obama has announced plans in October 2011 to send armed military advisers to assist in combating the Lord's Resistance Army in central Africa.