Sunday, February 15, 2009

It's just a matter of time

The last two months have been quite horrible, but it looks like the LRA is finally trapped this time. I won't believe it till I see it, but this has has been a long time in the making. Thousands of truly innocent people have died, and thousands of children have been raped, enslaved, and forced to kill by the LRA. It will be a huge celebration once Joseph Kony is finally captured and all this madness is behind us.

I can't wait to go back to Northern Uganda. The world has rallied around bringing aid and attention to this region, and we are seeing change. I went to Gulu in the summer of '06 and then again in the summer of '07. On my second trip I was amazed to see the economic growth that had taken place in just 11 months: 3 banks had been built when there had previously been none in Gulu, buses to Juba ran daily, and there was substantial amounts of foreign investment throughout the city. Peace has remained in Uganda, and their economic growth has continued as the DRC has experienced the wrath of the LRA. But we all hope and pray that this has now come to end.


Bill Cummings said...

That is great news. It will be cause for celebration for sure if this is the end for Koni and the LRA!

Shannon Smith said...

Awesome news. It was good to talk to you today.

Steph said...

I am excited about the potential for good news here. But the super cynic in me agrees with your cynical side: "i'll believe it when I see it." Perhaps even: "I'll believe it when I see it, its been a week, and we're still getting good news." Then, I'll believe it. But, I'll temper my cynic and hold my breath for success in the DRC.