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If we unite and rise up against Kony, we shall have already overcome him

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th August 2003 03:00 AM

SIR— On Friday, August 1, BBC in their 8pm news reported accounts of witnesses given by victims of Kony’s abduction

SIR— On Friday, August 1, BBC in their 8pm news reported accounts of witnesses given by victims of Kony’s abduction.

Most hurting was the story of a young, 15-year-old girl, recounting the story of how one of the abductees had been raped in full public view of the rest of them for reportedly having lied that she was an AIDS victim just to avoid being abused. “What arrogance of the evil one?”

I exclaimed in anger. My mind flashed through a lot that is said and written in the media. I recalled a talk-show on radio when a wife to a soldier fighting in the north called in.

She expressed her disappointment that people living in comfort dared to condemn the army, forgetting that these men had left their wives and children at home risking their lives to die in defence of a nation that is now condemning them.

Out of frustration, we have accused the Government, the army, the media, the people of the north and blamed the donors for not withholding aid from the Government or not directing funds towards the war. The question we should ask ourselves is, “What are we as individuals doing for our brothers and sisters in the north?”

I believe this is a state of emergency. We as a nation should unite and throw our weight behind the Government, at least for the sake of the internally displaced persons, by discussing solutions, making constructive criticisms (giving alternatives), giving help in terms of information.

Let’s do it the Arrow Group way, give financial assistance or in kind — clothes and food to the internally displaced persons and pray. Today, it is the north, of late the east. God forbid that next it should be your area.

Let’s unite to stop the evil one.

Apuuli Chwa
Kampala

If we unite and rise up against Kony, we shall have already overcome him

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