Uganda Parliament To Discuss Kony Victims' Plight

purchase geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The debate arises from a petition signed by 4, treatment 209 formerly abducted children (Uganda 2, 400), (DRC 1,179) and Central African Republic 630) that formerly abducted children under the aegis of Invisible Children presented to the speaker parliament of the republic of Uganda Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga on November 20, 2013.

Invisible Children said it was excited about this debate “and we believe it will go a long way in addressing the plight of women and children who paid a heavy price because of a war they had little control over and for which they spent precious and productive years of their lives in LRA captivity.”

According to Invisible Children Uganda publicist, Michael Mubangizi, the debate in parliament will be witnessed by formerly abducted children and women and a cross-section of leaders from LRA affected communities.

These will include Cultural leaders such as His Highness Rwot David Onen Achana 11, the Paramount chief of Acholi; Rt. Rev. Bishop Johnson Gakumba (Chairman Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative/ Bishop Northern Uganda Diocese); Shiek Musa Khelil: Vice Chairperson Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative/ Acholi sub-region Khadi; Archbishop John Baptist Odama- Archbishop of Gulu among others.

Recently, activists advocating for the annihilation of LRA led by Joseph Kony welcomed U.S President Barack Obama’s decision to send warplanes and elite commandos to reinforce the hunt for Africa’s most wanted and elusive rebel leader.

Kasper Agger, a Field Researcher with Enough Project, says “the deployment of Osprey helicopters could be the decisive game changer in the mission to end the LRA.”

He further pointed out that “US and their African partner forces will now be able to act swiftly to apprehend Kony that continue to terrorize civilians in remote corners of central Africa.”

“The deployment confirms US resolve to the mission and sends a strong signal about the Obama administration’s commitment to atrocity prevention.”

Last year, Enough Project said Kony had a window to regroup the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Central African Republic, which risks reversing gains made in dismantling the rebellion.

It is thought the U.S. military advisors deployed with Uganda against the LRA have cut rebel attacks by 53 percent over the last two years but the progress was temporarily hampered by the political and security turmoil in Central African Republic.

The LRA used the rainy season for years to hide in the more dense forest cover, reorganize, and stealthily abduct fighters to replenish its ranks. However, Invisible Children recently said the year 2013 was a significant blow to the Joseph Kony commanded Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) operations in Eastern DRC and Central African Republic.

The year saw the rebel group lose 20 percent of its Ugandan fighting forces through defection – about 32 of the 160 – which the report describe as utterly irreplaceable.


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