For more than two decades, Amnesty International has documented crimes committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army and their horrific impact on the lives of thousands of civilians in Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Uganda.
Amnesty International has also documented human rights violations committed by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces against the civilian communities where the LRA were present, and against captured LRA members.
“It is important to remember that many of LRA members were themselves victims of human rights violations including forcible recruitment,” said Erwin van der Borght “Forces pursuing the LRA must seek to arrest the suspects in accordance with international law.”
Is it possible that maybe none of us has the right to be talking about this and we should let Uganda sort their own shit?
Maybe having the conversation at all (as perpetually under-informed and nearly impotent) helps perpetuate that whole colonialism bit?
Maybe we just don't have the fucking answers and should stop pretending like we do?
There is no denying that Joseph Kony and other LRA leaders have evaded arrest for far too long. The Kony 2012 campaign is a salient reminder of the need to arrest and surrender these LRA leaders to the ICC so they can face trial.
It is also worth noting that just as some people can trot out "local Ugandan voices" that criticize the Kony 2012 thing, there are plenty of "local Ugandan voices" who praise it highly (along with the ICC prosecutor, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch etc.--all, no doubt, vile, racist, post-colonial scum).
The LRA left northern Uganda in 2006. The LRA is currently active in Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan. Invisible Children’s mission is to stop Joseph Kony and the LRA wherever they are and help rehabilitate LRA-affected communities. The Ugandan government’s army, the UPDF, is more organized and better equipped than that of any of the other affected countries (DRC, South Sudan, CAR) to track down Joseph Kony. Part of the US strategy to stop Kony is to encourage cooperation between the governments and armies of the 4 LRA-affected countries. The LRA was active in Uganda for nearly 20 years, displacing 1.7 million people and abducting at least 30,000 children. The people and government of Uganda have a vested interested in seeing him stopped.
We do not defend any of the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Ugandan government or the Ugandan army. None of the money donated through Invisible Children ever goes to the government of Uganda. Yet the only feasible and proper way to stop Kony and protect the civilians he targets is to coordinate efforts with regional governments.
I wouldn't begin to pretend to be an educated expert on what life as an Eskimo is like when I've never been north of Vancouver, and yet so many people seem to be able to abandon their reason so readily on the 3rd world and talk about it like its a place they actually know something about. I've lived in it in 20 some countries on 3 continents for 5 years this month and I'm not say I'm sure I know much at all. Probably the thing I know best is how much I still have to learn.
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