Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Invisible Children Research... One Day to be an Essay...

  • Many child soldiers all over the world. Uganda hardest hit. 30,000 abducted without a trace
  • Brought to attention when three college boys went to visit Uganda and revealed the reality of the people there.

  • War in Uganda 23 years between LRA and Government of Uganda
  • 2 million civilians caught in the middle
  • Gov't isnt strong like the US government. Try imagining this situation here. We are very lucky. If a child goes missing here National Guard media. When the abductor is caught=jail time
  • AIDS crisis has left many children without anyone to provide for them. They go missing and few notice= invisible children

  • 1980's Alice Lakwena believed a spirit spoke to her to overthrow the Ugandan government because they were unjust to the Acholi.
  • Strange beliefs. Go into war with sticks and stone and the holy water would protect you. HOLY SPIRIT MOVEMENT
  • many followers and group gained momentum
  • Lakwena was exiled (expulsion from land) and cousin Kony took over- LRA
  • Kony didn't receive the same support from the Acholi people
  • Dwindling approval → abduct children into the ranks
  • 90% ranks are children
  • 5-12 year olds
  • easiest to train- persuade. Teach the kids to kill and be very violent. Many girls who are abducted are raped and given as wives to commanders

  • 1996 Ugandan Government put people in overcrowded camps for protection – instead came poverty disease and starvation NO JOBS
  • Children were still being abducted = Night commuting to verandas 1000's of people

  • Conditions improving step by step
  • Night commuting ended- sleep ins in the US change being made from people like us. You can help change the world
  • Many peace talks
  • International attention → help
  • 2001- US Patriot Act declared he LRA a terrorist group
  • 2004- Ugandan Crisis Act – US to provide more aide to Uganda
  • 2005- ICC International Criminal Court put out an arrest warrant for Kony and top 4 commanders.

  • As things were improving things then started to slip. Dec 24 2008 LRA adducted 160+ and murdered 600 to show power
  • Also in 2008 Kony agreed to meet for a peace talk but then never showed up
  • People continue to live in fear
  • The progress already made is proof that we have the power to continue the fight to end this war and send kids home

1 comment:

  1. Thank you,
    The given information is very effective.
    I'l keep update with the same.