In what has been called the most neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today, a civil war wages on in Northern Uganda. This war between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda has caused civil unrest for 25 years as Africa’s longest running war.
In the LRA’s attempts at rebellion against the government, they have involved nearly two million innocent civilians. Most have been displaced from their homes and relocated to overcrowded Internally Displaced Persons camps. Some have lived in these camps for over a decade now, with the constant struggle for survival against starvation, disease and abject poverty.
Attempts at peace have been unsuccessful, as LRA leader Joseph Kony has failed to sign a Cessation of Hostilities Agreement four times, leaving uncertainty across Uganda, and the entire northeastern border region of DR Congo, South Sudan, and Central African Republic. In the time since peace talks were ended in 2008, the LRA has continued horrendous attacks, murdering hundreds of innocent people and abducting children to join their army.
This weekend we had the opportunity to reconnect with our incredible friends at an organization called Invisible Children. These passionate, dedicated people are making an enormous difference in the lives of the community in Uganda and in particular, war-affected children. With their compelling films, they tour globally to garner support and attract necessary attention to this cause. Their campaigns in the US and programs in Uganda have helped to vastly improve the lives of children and other citizens, enabling them to attend school and raise money in a nearly unemployable environment. They are also fighting relentlessly to end the use of abducted child soldiers in the LRA’s rebel war.
You may have seen Invisible Children’s founders on Oprah earlier this week, where they discussed their 25 campaign which took place this past Sunday April 24th.More than 90,000 people went silent for 25 hours, to speak out against 25 years of LRA violence. They were able to raise over 1.5 million dollars!
We want to encourage all of our followers to involve themselves in whatever way possible with this world movement against the war in Uganda. We hope you will take the time to visit the Invisible Children website and familiarize yourself with their absolutely amazing movements. This is a cause very close to our hearts, and we believe strongly in the difference these people have made, and continue to make.
Read a detailed New York Times profile on the leader of the LRA, Joseph Kony, and his religious beliefs here.