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Executive summary: Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda
Joseph Kony considers himself quite a good Christian, and he wants Uganda to be a Christian nation. So in 1987 he formed a resistance group called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and the LRA has been at civil war against the Ugandan government ever since. If the LRA wins, Kony has promised that Uganda will become a theocracy, with laws based on the Biblical Ten Commandments.
Kony’s LRA has kidnapped an estimated 20,000 children for use as fighters or sex slaves. As part of their initiation, these children are often required to kill their own parents, so they’ll have no homes to return to. (It’s not clear which of the Ten Commandments Kony’s strategy is based on.) Once kidnapped, children are used as pack mules, carrying LRA supplies until they are too weak to walk, at which time they’re killed or simply left to die. Kidnapped boys also serve as targets and decoys, sent to the front lines — unarmed — whenever the Ugandan Army engages the LRA. Kidnapped girls that Kony or his senior commanders find attractive become their “wives” (Kony is reputed to have 60). Troublesome captives have their noses, lips, and/or ears cut off, and are then made to eat their own flesh.
Kony and the Ugandan government occasionally issue public statements suggesting that peace negotiations would be welcome, but this seems unlikely. When asked about peace talks recently, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Kony and the LRA’s senior commanders must die. “The wages of sin is death”, he added. And that’s Biblical, too.
As a youngster, Kony was a Catholic altar boy. Now he says he gets strategic advice from angels. There are eight of these angels, he says — three American, two Sudanese, two Chinese, and one Congolese.
Kony is reported to enjoy wearing women’s dresses. The Ugandan Army has offered an $11,000 reward for information leading to Kony’s capture. That’s right: eleven thousand dollars.
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“The Lord’s Resistance Army is led by Joseph Kony, a former altar boy, self-styled mystic, demonically inspired medium, ruthless leader, and merciless person who has brought Northern Uganda to a virtual standstill. People are frozen in fear, commerce has become non-existent, fields go fallow, villages have been decimated, and children have grown up without a future or hope. There is no peace from Lira to Gulu and all points in-between.
Joseph Kony comes from the Acholi area of Uganda. His niece is Alice Lakwena, who led thousands of disaffected Acholi soldiers into battle against President Museveni, who had defeated their army. Soldiers were led to believe by Alice Lakwena that holy oil would keep bullets away, songs would slay their enemy, sticks would become swords, and rocks would turn into grenades and mortars. Alice Lakwena—her last name means messenger—was certainly a warrior priestess. Joseph Kony took upon himself her mantle of leadership, but the two were miles apart in their ways.
Lira, located 215 miles north of Kampala, was one of those sleepy towns in Africa where you could simply be. It hardly made the international news, and one of the few articles I read about it was in “BBC – Focus on Africa,” where it described its background and culture and went to great lengths to describe Lira-Lira, a local potent drink. Its other claim to fame is that the former President Milton Obote had his home here, which you can still see, or what is left of it.
Lately, Lira is making news around the world. It is not so much the things the people of the town are doing, but what is being done to them by this wild-eyed jok (jok is a spirit, good or bad) by the name of Joseph Kony, whose Lord’s Resistance Army has been raiding villages, towns, and camps of refuge that have become camps of death and destruction.
War in itself is bad, but this conflict has been going on for 18 years with no resolve in sight. This war is hellish in that the Joseph Kony’s army recruits its soldiers from the villages and schools of northern Uganda through abductions. Thousands of children have been robbed of childhood and, in many cases, of life itself. Boys and girls are turned into ruthless killers who no longer feel, but are numbed within, and their souls have become seared by the atrocities they have seen and in which they have forced to participate.
Children 10 years old are taught to kill, often beginning with their own families. Others are killed and a child is let to live and then the child is commanded to kill in order to stay alive. If children do escape, they will never be the same again.
Joseph Kony claims to want to make Uganda into a state based on the Ten Commandments, but he has broken every one of them. Today no one thinks Kony and his movement represents a loving God and Christianity or Islam, but all know it is about demonic control of children, boys and girls, young men and women, doing the bidding of a crazy man. Many of the leaders in his army were abducted 10 or 12 years ago, but have known nothing else but death and destruction.
In Lira, the name of Joseph Kony and his army of child warriors is dreaded. The town that was on the verge of blossoming in the Northern Ugandan savannah has shriveled up and died. There is fear and anger, thousands more people are without the services so desperately needed. Hospitals and clinics are without medicine. There is a lack of food and water, medical care. But thousands are flocking in for safety; tens of thousands want to remain near just to be safe. Lira, that jewel of the north, has become a scorched piece of real estate and unless a miracle takes place there is no hope.
The most recent atrocity was 200 people killed when a refugee camp was overrun by the LRA. The defense militia was helpless and the army far away. President Museveni came and blamed Kony’s army. Kony’s army is a rag tag group of children that believes in the mystical powers of their leader, children who run into the line of fire believing that the bullets can do no harm, and their weapons are often from the Sudanese military. The Ugandan Army, on the other hand, are for the most part adult men, well equipped and trained, who have helicopters, trucks and tanks but no victory. After 18 years, this war goes on and now Lira is another city dying in the north of Uganda.
Lira and the Kony Rebels is a never-ending story of children dying, of children being abducted, a loss of childlike innocence, and yet no one seems to care, it is just another story from Africa. Here in northern Uganda there is no Amber alert, there no news headlines across the bottom of Television screens, there is only the silence after another town or school are raided and children are taken. The reads something here and there about this situation. They may think it is interesting, sad, horrendous, but still, like in the in Congo, like in Sudan, like it was in Rwanda, Liberia and Sierra Leone, it is only Africans killing Africans and no one cares, after all the world stood still in the spring of 1994, and been for the most part inactive in regards to Sudan. Here we are in Uganda, East Africa with no Interpol alert; no helicopters out searching for one abducted child, much less 20,000 abducted children. There are no hourly updates, just President Museveni who periodically says that Joseph Kony and his children’s army will be defeated, even he is trying to get UN help.
Lira today is overwhelmed with people who have fled there to find a place of refuge, to find safety from the threat of the Lord’s Resistance Army. The town has been become overcrowded with ten of thousand of refugees seeking protection, needing food, shelter and medical attention. I recently read the appeal of the Mayor of Lira for help, food, tents, and medicine since the local hospital and clinics were simply without.
Is there a solution to the problem to “the war in the north?” That is how this conflict is referred to in Uganda. There are solutions, from military ones that have not yet succeeded, to one of cutting off the bases and support in Sudan by the Sudanese government. There is the one attempted by religious leaders of northern Uganda, the one of a treaty leading to a peaceful resolution. None of them have yet worked, but people still need relief, still need food and shelter, medicines and care” written by David Nyekorach- Matsanga Leader of the LRA Peace Delegation and Chief Negotiator. Interesting propaganda read with supposed quotes from Joseph Kony.
- UN: Ugandan rebels intensifying attacks in Congo (seattletimes.nwsource.com)