Will The Viral Video Campaign Against Joseph Kony Work?
1 year ago
Viral video introduces world to Ugandan guerilla warlord
Formed in 1987, Kony's group represented the Acholi tribe who felt they were being overlooked by the then centralized government. Decades later the mission or wants of the LRA are unclear, with several attempts at peace talks falling apart. The LRA now operates in Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.
Now, you may be thinking, "Why haven't I heard of this man before? Why hasn't the US stepped in?"
Uganda was considered to be one of the most corrupt countries in the world. The country's President Yoweri Museveni has been in office for 26 years and was once a rebel leader who overthrew the then leader. People live off of $1.25 a day and with limited natural resources or an economy its just another country we don't care to think about. There was no reason for America to get involved. We've been waged in the 'War on Terror" for over a decade and that means unless a country is a threat to us either physically or financially we sit on our hands. This means often times humanitarian crisis, especially in Africa, go ignored. Why do you think we've taken so long to begin talking about getting involved in Syria. When President Bill Clinton left office he was candid about his biggest regret while in office -- not stepping in to stop the Rwandan genocide. There was no money to make with Rwanda or political ties. Just lives that could have been saved.
Then oil was discovered.
Five years ago, an oil reserve was located in Uganda that sent the world rushing to do business with Uganda. The poor country was now profitable, or soon would be. As international attention grew over the oil, which is roughly estimated as "billions of barrels worth" things began to change. The country wanted to start cleaning up its act, build infrastructure and get rid of Kony. Late last year, President Obama finally agreed to send 100 US troops to help assist the Ugandan government with tactics to help track and capture Kony.
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