— The Erimtan Angle —

KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice. The non-profit Invisible Children announces on its website that ‘We are storytellers. We are visionaries, humanitarians, artists, and entrepreneurs. We are individuals part of a generation eager for change and willing to pursue it. As a non-profit we work to transform apathy into activism. By documenting the lives of those living in regions of conflict and injustice, we hope to educate and inspire individuals in the Western world to use their unique voice for change. Our media creates an opportunity for people to become part of a grassroots movement that intelligently responds to what is happening in the world. But our work extends beyond our borders. In war-affected regions we focus on long-term development, working directly with individuals and institutions that are eager to realize their full potential. Through education and innovative economic opportunities, we partner with affected communities and strive to improve the quality of life for individuals living in conflict and post-conflict regions.

1. End the war in northern Uganda and change the lives of thousands in the region through education and economic opportunities.

2. Inspire youth culture to value creativity, idealism and sacrifice by becoming a part of the movement of advocacy and awareness.

3. Connect people to the war-affected children in northern Uganda through compelling stories and revolutionary programs (5 March 2012)’.[1]

On Wednesday, 7 March, Reuters news agency’s Tom Miles writes that the “Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a cultish militia that has terrorised parts of Africa for decades, has launched a new spate of attacks in Democratic Republic of Congo this year after a lull in the second half of 2011, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday [, 6 March 2012]. One person has been killed, 17 abducted and 3,000 displaced in 20 attacks in Orientale province in northeastern Congo this year. The renewed violence was a cause of concern, UNHCR said. “In the last year the area was more secure,” said Celine Schmitt, a UNHCR spokeswoman by phone from Kinshasa. But Mounoubai Madnodje, a spokesman for the UN’s Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), said the LRA was on its last legs. “We think right now it’s the last gasp of a dying organisation that’s still trying to make a statement,” he said. The LRA, which emerged in northern Uganda in the late 1990s, is believed to have killed, kidnapped and mutilated tens of thousands of people in a reign of terror across some of Africa’s most remote and hostile terrain. It appears to have lost much of its power under mounting pressure. Its leader Joseph Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court, the African Union has designated it as a terrorist group, and in October the United States sent 100 military personnel, mainly special forces, to train and advise the forces fighting against the LRA. Madnodje said there are only about 200 LRA fighters left. They work in small groups of five or six, raiding villages to steal food and forcing one or two people to work as porters”.[2]

Mounoubai Madnodje explains that “They used to control villages and take hostages. Right now it looks more like people trying to survive than anything else. It’s small scale attacks. At this level, with the attitude of the [local] people, I don’t think they will be able to recruit more people”.[3]  Miles, however, critically adds that “experts on the LRA were sceptical about writing off Kony’s force too soon. Mareike Schomerus at the London School of Economics said small scale attacks did not necessarily mean the LRA was getting weaker”.[4]  While David Leonard, a professor at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, declares that “[a]s you get fewer and fewer people [in the LRA], those that are left are going to be true believers, senior officers who, probably quite rightly, have no confidence that if they’re captured will get treated with any sort of civility. I think keeping them on the back foot is as much as you could reasonably expect”.[5]


[1] “About Invisible Children” Invisible Children. http://www.causes.com/causes/227-invisible-children/about.

[2] Tom Miles, “LRA launches new Congo attacks, may be ‘last gasp’-1” Reuters (07 March 2012). http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE82602Q20120307.

[3] Tom Miles, “LRA launches new Congo attacks, may be ‘last gasp’-2”. http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE82602Q20120307?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0.

[4] Tom Miles, “LRA launches new Congo attacks, may be ‘last gasp’-2”.

[5] Tom Miles, “LRA launches new Congo attacks, may be ‘last gasp’-3”. http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE82602Q20120307?pageNumber=3&virtualBrandChannel=0.

Comments on: "KONY 2012 and the End of the LRA???" (2)

  1. sitanbul said:

    On the other hand, there are those who say that the sudden American interest in Uganda was motivated by something else, as I noted some time ago: “U.S. Troops in Uganda: LRA or Oil???”, https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/u-s-troops-in-uganda-lra-or-oil/

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