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June 2, 2009

LKL WEB EXCLUSIVE: Killer on the loose in Central Africa

Posted: 01:32 PM ET

This is a LKL Web EXCLUSIVE by John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project (www.enoughproject.org)

Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and the Invisible Children fellahs - my friends Jason, Laren and Bobby - are appearing on the Larry King Show TONIGHT.  They have a simple but important message to share with Larry and his audience.

It turns out that one of the most brutal and longest running insurgencies in the world can be ended. The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which originated in Northern Uganda but has spread now to three other countries in Central Africa, is infamous for its tactics of abducting children as soldiers and sex slaves, and using rape and amputation as tools of war. Led by the mercurial, murderous and megalomaniacal Joseph Kony, the LRA has forced over two million people from their homes in the 22 years it has been churning and burning the forgotten corners of Central Africa.

The great news is that there is a solution. With an effective counter-insurgency strategy focused on apprehending Kony or otherwise removing him from the battlefield, an end could be reached to this real life horror film. If Kony were neutralized, the LRA would fall apart quickly. This is very similar to rebellions in Angola and Sierra Leone, which collapsed when their leaders were either killed or arrested.

The U.S. has a role to play in this. We can help prepare the government armies in the Central African region to carry out a more effective strategy for going after Kony and protecting the civilian population - particularly kids - from reprisals by the LRA. Senators Feingold and Brownback have just introduced in the U.S. Senate the Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act (S. 1067). The House of Representatives bill is H.R. 2478. Readers should write to their representatives (http://www.enoughproject.org/special-topics/in-depth-look-LRA) & tell them to co-sponsor this bill.

There is an answer to one of the world's worst human rights tragedies, and we can all be part of the solution.

Filed under: Africa • International • LKL Web Exclusive


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myweddingstationery   June 2nd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Invisible Children have changed the lives of thousands not only in Uganda but worldwide. From Sydney AU, i live, breathe, email and blog Invisible Children. Volunteering at the Sydney Rescue, working with the IC Downunder Team has been such a rewarding experience for me and my family. We are "world aware" and we will make the "world aware" of the suffering and the longest running war in Uganda.

Do it for the Children.

THANK YOU BOBBY, LAUREN & JASON for opening my eyes and changing my life. you guys are our Hero's!

Bec, Sydney AU


Thuy   June 2nd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

What time will it air eastern time ?


Catie   June 2nd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Yay Jason, Bobby and Laren (or should we say LAUREN). We love you guys!


Aliza   June 2nd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Thank you so much for airing the story of Invisible Children! I have been following this story since 2007 and I believe that we can stop this war. These children need to be saved and I hope that this segment will bring this issue to light and that more people will fight for our cause!

EVERY WAR HAS AN END!


Danielle   June 2nd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

thank you thank you thank you for being a voice for the invisible children! the only way this war will end is by raising awareness and having laren, bobby, and jason on has raised the profile of this issue!!! awareness is the first step to change!


Cleo Brown   June 2nd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

My daughter Jade is a part of Invisible Children. I am so glad she is passionate about the only worthy cause, HUMAN LIFE. Especially these innocent children. We in America can look at these beautiful smile with soul and strength and learn to give and love. Thank you Invisible Children! Thank you Jade Maria!


Lauren Bazan   June 2nd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Such a great organization!

Praying for Lobby Days to be a success!


Emily   June 2nd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

i've been doing fund raising for invisible children for a couple of years now.. and my school has raised around...... $3500. My friends and me are only 14 and 15 years old ( we have met a lot of people plus the three guys who started it... and so far.. we have been the youngest people who have helped with invisilbe children.) ... and if we can raise that much money, from our little town with a population not even close to chicago, then im sure people all over can raise tons more money than us. This organization has changed our lives... we have been to the Displace Me rally in chicago and grand rapids.. it pored on us... it was a great experience and we got to know a little more what its like being a child soldier......... God Bless! check out the web.... invisiblechildren.com!!! COME TO WASHINGTON DC AND HELP US END THIS WAR!!!!!!!!!!!


amy vait   June 2nd, 2009 10:18 pm ET

I am so glad to finally see Invisible Children getting the publicity they deserve. They have done so much to draw attention to these people and the children of northern Uganda. We abducted ourselves for 7 days and took it to oprah! And as she said, you deserve a peace prize for this. I will be seeing you at lobby days! RESUE RIDERS REPRESENT!


Laura from KC   June 2nd, 2009 11:30 pm ET

AAHHHH!!! I am so happy to see another show that Invisible Children has made it's way onto. It's just warms my heart to see that. I am totally excited to go to How It Ends in DC!


Stella   June 3rd, 2009 2:27 pm ET

Thanks so much for airing the story about the invisible children of northern Ugandan. I hope that when the world sees the extent to which thousands of people have been affected,then all efforts will be made to end the war.

Thanks again


Rick   June 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Blago is an innocent man until proven guilty.


dibos   June 5th, 2009 3:35 pm ET

Great work you guys!! Thanks for doing what you do best. Bec, it is great to hear your comment too. Miss you all in Sydney! Great job guys. -Jamie Roach, NYC


Arnold Liera   June 6th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I fully agree with the complimentary comments for these young people
doing all they can, to draw the world's attention to this outrageous situation that goes on already for so many years – Liberia (supported in those days by Taylor- the now ex-president and warlord) , Sierra Leone, Congo, Rwanda and Uganda being the most well known problem areas!
I hope the US government will take some drastic steps!!


David Spence   June 7th, 2009 5:59 am ET

These guys crack me up. If they really want to do something usefull why dont they go to Liberia and sort out the mes that was caused by the biggest war lord of all, Ronald Reagan! There they can also help child soldiers rehabilitate and recover.
I find it ironic that thes young men quote action taken by the international war crimes tribunal when their own country USA refuses to recognise that court or uphold its values.
There is hard work to be done mainly convincing the USA to take responsibility for murdering Prsident Tolbert the head of the organisation of African Unity and plunging Liberian into conflict from which it is still suffering today.


23   June 9th, 2009 6:11 am ET

Thank you for being the voice of our future generations!


Michael J Bihn   July 14th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Those tired of the hoopla over Michael Jackson's death might check out, Joseph Campbell's, POWER OF MYTH


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