Monday, February 2, 2009

"Even Worse Than We Thought"

Every time I talk with my friends in Northern Uganda, I am surprised by how peaceful it is over there. I say to them, "I read about the LRA's recent massacre's. Are you guys fearful?" They tell me time and time again that people are continuing to move from the IDP camps back into their bush villages and that there is a strong sense of security. In December, the governments of Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) agreed to work together in fighting the LRA. This agreement has made it near impossible for the LRA to cross the Nile, so the majority of the LRA is seemingly stuck in the DRC. This is good news for Ugandans, but horrible news for the Congolese. The Christmas Massacres are much worse than what was first discovered, and now this crisis is becoming the worst in Africa.

With this recent surge, I hope that groups like Invisible Children and the GuluWalk move their focus out of Northern Uganda and into the Congo where this tragedy has moved. I feel like there is another whole generation of "invisible children" forming right now, and it demoralizes me to watch a dark history repeat itself in a new location.

2 comments:

Bill Cummings said...

Hey Chris... a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet the president of Hope International and he talked about how the DRC is on the verge of becoming a failed state. He said it is in the worst condition of any country in Africa right now. Much more focus and effort needs to be placed there, but here is what they are doing: http://www.hopeinternational.org/site/PageServer?pagename=work_countries_congo

Chris Waluk said...

Thanks Bill. Hope Int. sounds like an awesome organization.