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Aboke abductions

The Aboke abductions were the kidnapping of 139 secondary school female students from St. Marys College boarding school by rebels of the Lords Resistance Army on 10 October 1996, in Aboke, Kole District, Uganda. The deputy head mistress of the college, Sister Rachele Fassera of Italy, pursued the rebels and successfully negotiated the release of 109 of the girls. The Aboke abductions and Fasseras dramatic actions drew international attention, unprecedented at that time, to the insurgency in northern Uganda.


Death of Julio Rene Alvarado

Julio Rene Alvarado Ruano was a fourteen-year-old Guatemalan male that was killed in the Belize–Guatemala adjacency zone during an armed confrontation between the Belize Defence Force, Belizean park rangers and Guatemalan farmers. The incident raised tensions between Belize and Guatemala, who have an ongoing border dispute since 1821. Belizean officials maintain that the Belize Defence Force acted in self-defence. However, the Guatemalan government claims the incident was a deliberate attack carried out by Belizes military. After the incident, the Organisation of American States agreed to investigate the death of Julio Alvarado at the request of both countries.


Giuseppe Berton

Father Giuseppe Berton was an Italian missionary of the Catholic Church, a member of the Xaverian Missionary Fathers, who worked in Sierra Leone from 1971 until his death.


Frank Blaichman

Frank Blaichman, also known as Ephraim Blaichman, occasionally spelled Frank Bleichman, and in Polish Franek or Franciszek Blajchman, was a Polish-Jewish leader of a communist armed organization during World War II and a Holocaust survivor. In post-war communist Poland, Blaichman was the head of the Prison and Camps Department at the Security Office in Kielce. His unit was responsible for murdering soldiers of the Polish Underground who fought against Nazi Germany during the war. Blaichman’s portrayal of his activities in communist resistance has been questioned, and it has been alleged that he was a member of a criminal gang associated with communist Gwardia Ludowa which focused on forcefully obtaining provisions from the local populace and clashed with the Polish resistance.


Capture and rescue of Jemima Boone

The capture and rescue of Jemima Boone and the Callaway girls is a famous incident in the colonial history of Kentucky. They were captured by a Cherokee-Shawnee raiding party and rescued by Daniel Boone and his party, celebrated for their success. The incident was portrayed in 19th-century literature and paintings: James Fenimore Cooper created a fictionalized version of the episode in his novel The Last of the Mohicans. The incident was the subject of a painting entitled The Abduction of Boones Daughter by the Indians by Charles Ferdinand Wimar.


Masha Bruskina

Maria "Masha" Bruskina was a Belarusian Jewish nurse and member of the Minsk Resistance during World War II. While volunteering as a nurse, she cared for Soviet forces, and assisted them escaping. For this she was executed by German forces.

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