A few days ago as a part of a classmates' senior project for raising awareness for Africa he showed a video named Invisible Children about 3 American kids that go to Uganda in search of what's going on over there.
I knew a little about the civil war over there but not too much. The video wasnt too long but it basically centered itself around the effects of this civil war and in peticular these kids of all ages who spend every day going from safe place to safe place to sleep in the hundreds confined to a small room in order to escape the rebel soldiers.
It's horrible what's going on over there. These rebels come in the night and steal any children they find and take them back into "the bush" where they commit acts of violence in front of them and basically brainwash them into becoming killing and fighting machines who dont question what they're doing. 9 year old killing machines!
The rebels of Uganda are called the LRA or Lord's Resistence Army which was started by some psycho christian Ugandan woman back a few decades, since then a man who claims to be her cousin has taken over and he's done nothing but attack the government soldiers, kill and torture innoccent people, steal children for his armies, and just in general destroy any sort of order throughout Uganda.
The Ugandans have doing nothing but deal with the situation as best they can while also asking for anyones help at the same time. European nations and the US send food every now and then, but this is usually in too small amounts or is stolen by the rebels. These people are suffering and no one will help them! No one cares. Why doesnt anyone care!?
It may be the sad truth but I think every country Uganda asks for help sees no benefical exchange for themselves...why should this matter? A country who prides itself on freedom from oppression and believes in order, peace, and democracy decides that the Iraqis deserve freedom more than the Ugandans just b/c there's oil in the Middle East? This is FUBAR - Iraq is like Miami Beach compared to the savagry and sadness of whats going on in Uganda and for that matter most of Africa...how can we ever expect such a place to grow and become peaceful when their cries for help are ignored by the powers that be? Why do we look at Africa and say "oh well...maybe next year"?
Its hard to even begin helping a place that doesnt even have the infrastructure necessary to receive it. Basically, in order to achieve any positive results the following would be needed: -Military force to go in and establish runways and facilities suitable for large aircraft
-Engineers to renovate existing infrastructure to COPE with incoming equipment (roads, power generation, water, security...)
-Military force powerful enough to supress localised efforts to stop the above. (remember Somalia?)
-Provo government to establish order
-Police force to keep provo government honest
-Foreign Military force to keep Police force honest
-about 30 years of continous work.
As it stands, nobody has the time, money, or resources needed to fix the problem and the ease at which additional rebels will find arms and refuge makes the task daunting from a strategic stand point.
In short, Uganda, as with the rest of Africa, is proper F'd.
On a second note, my best friend just got back from a little deployment to Djibouti. Not a place i'd like to go.
Roaming East;3517159As it stands, nobody has the time, money, or resources needed to fix the problem and the ease at which additional rebels will find arms and refuge makes the task daunting from a strategic stand point. In short, Uganda, as with the rest of Africa, is proper F'd.
True dat. So, do we just wait for the greater African continent to self-destruct, or are we past that point already and we just don't know it yet?
Heaven's gonna burn your eyes
16th April 2005
I was next door in Kenya for the past few weeks (missed me, didn'cha? ;) ) and suffice to say, Africa is really screwed. Uganda is a particularly sad case, there's a new film about the former dictator Idi Amin called the Last King of Scotland, because, among other things, he believed he was the king of Scotland. He also murdered 300,000-500,000 Ugandans in about 8 years as ruler.
East Africa as a whole (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania) happens to be one of the most stable regions in Africa, but so many ethnic and political divisions run so deep throughout Africa that stability isn't much more than a dream. If any foriegn action was to be taken in Uganda, it would come through Kenya, and having spent 9 hours on the Mombasa-Nairobi-Kampala highway, I'm well aware of how quickly Uganda would collapse if Kenya wanted to stop Ugandan freight. Unfortunately, it wouldn't stop the rebels.