Uganda Essay

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Uganda is a nation located in Southern Mid-Africa, and is ruled by Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The LRA, also known as the Lord’s Resistance army, is a rebel group active in Uganda and the countries around it and was originally created by the woman Alice Lakwena (Lakwena). The group was known as the Holy Spirit Movement then and was mainly created, because Lakwena stated that she had a dream where the Holy Spirit told her to overthrow the Ugandan government, whom were mistreating the Acholi people in Uganda at the time. The movement gained much support and when the Ugandan government won a battle between the movement and itself Lakwena was exiled. This was when Joseph Kony (Kony), stepped in saying he was Lakwena’s cousin and that he was taking over. Kony renamed the movement the LRA, but due to particularly violent tactics many people began to leave the LRA and it was rapidly losing support. This then led the LRA to start using child soldiering, and raid many villages and kill or mutilate many people. Despite what some people believe, the LRA is still a deadly group that uses child soldiering, and human trafficking and continues to threaten Uganda and its neighbors today. While some children and adults are able to escape the wrath of the LRA, many are hurt, persecuted and forgotten about every year, by the group’s tactics. Children are taken during raids in villages near the borders of Uganda, Sudan, Congo, and the Central African Republic. The men are usually killed and the women flee, are killed, or trafficked. These raids are usually carried out by “child soldiers much younger than their victims,” where they are forced to kill possible relatives and kidnap other children. The male children that are taken are usually forc... ... middle of paper ... ...ey decide randomly for no reason at all to go to some villages and kill all of the people there and take only a few children and waste hundreds of others. One of these attacks was the Amoko massacre on December 7, 1991. If you were to ask someone about the Amoko massacre they would have no idea what you were talking about because the massacre was never put into any newspaper or magazine. Nekolina Lakot, who tells her story to a young social scientist about her experience, says, “there’s no one to listen to our story, it is good you have come.” The victims of these attacks are usually too shocked, sad, and afraid to tell their stories. These attacks are recorded but only sometimes and so many occur that sometimes it is hard to tell, for instance “the Amoko massacre was one out of around 230 unknown events and one of 5 massacres that the LRA committed that day.”

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