Thursday, November 11, 2010

Human Rights Watch says Uganda is losing against LRA

In May of 2010, President Barrack Obama signed a law that would help to eradicate the security and stability challenges brought on by the Lord's Resistance Army. Although the policy President Obama signed is well intentioned, Human Rights Watch has announced that the Ugandan military and its US backers have failed in the fight against Joseph Kony and the LRA. This failure is due to Kony's exodous from Northern Uganda, which spread the LRA to neighboring countries. Anneke Van Woudenberg, senior African researcher at Human Rights Watch, said “the LRA’s top leaders can be found, but the current strategy of supporting Ugandan army operations is clearly not working." Van Woudenberg continued, stating that all operations must have a way to protect innocent civilians. The US State Department has held firm that the Ugandan army is the best force to handle the LRA, arguing that Kony's ability to attack the innocent has been severely degraded. With only an estimated 200-400 LRA rebels remaining, believes that the end is in sight, and has called upon the United Nations to send additional peace keepers to LRA affected areas.

-Caleb B. Ray

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