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Joseph Kony Of LRA On Rampage In Congo

For over twenty years the people of Uganda have experienced the horror that is known as the Lord’s Resistance Army which sweeps through villages killing and raping and abducting children who are compelled to kill their own parents or relatives as part of the initiation process to enter the LRA. Joseph Kony, who supposedly promised to end his murderous reign of terror has suddenly switched his attention to the chaos in the Congo and unleashed his murderous army upon innocent villagers. His men crossed the Uganda border and now sweep through villages killing and murdering as they seek to get a share in the riches of the Congo. According to Father Paul who directly experienced their brutality they prefer chopping with machetes which means people are either killed or lose limbs.

There are only about 17,000 poorly equipped UN forces in the Congo while Iraq has the presence of over 130,000 well armed American troops. Over four million have died in the Congo and no one really gives a damn. So much for George Bush’s famous commitment to “democracy.” Apparently, if there is no oil to be gotten, democracy is really not that important to the American leader.

Uganda Civil War Goes On And On

One of Africa’s longest lasting wars which has resulted in the death of thousands and the use of children to conduct some of the most brutal fighing on the planet is apparently no longer closeer to a resolution than before. Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance ArmyILRA) failed to show up at an agreed spot near R-Kwanga, on the remote and thickly wooded Sudan-Congo border. Ugandan religious and cultural leaders ventured into the forest in an attempt to find him. Internal Affairs Minister Ruhakana Ruganda said “the devleopment yesterday and today are a challenge to the peace process… nevertheless the peace process continues.” Kony’s 22- year rebellion aganst the Ugandan gvernment has killed tens of thosuands of people and uprooted 2 million in northern Uganda.

Kony is wanted for numerous war crimes by the international criminal court)|(ICC) in the Hague. Even if the rebels sign a peace agreement Kony has vowed not to surrender his arms until charges are dropped against him. The Uganda government wants to handle the matter internally in order to end fighting and restore peace. It prefers drawing upon traditional African reconciliation procedures in hope of peace.

Although the world would enjoy the prospect of placing on trial a brutal dictator who has abused innocent children in his mad wars, the most important consideration must be restoring peace to Uganda.