Sunday, August 13, 2006

Uganda: reintegrating child soldiers

",,,,,,DISPATCHES FROM NORTHERN UGANDA - A MEETING WITH KONY: Just received an email from a close friend, Erin Baines, who works in Northern Uganda on traditional justice as it relates to the re-integration of Lords Resistance Army combatants. Remarkable work in a conflict that Jan Egeland has called the "biggest, forgotten, neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today." There are several aspects of the conflict that have received some international attention. First, the pernicious use of kidnapped child soldiers and sex slaves, which result in 'night commuters', children who walk for hours each night to sleep on city streets in order to escape raids in their villages. Second, the mystical personality of the LRA leader, Joseph Kony, who few westerners have ever met and about which we know very little. And third, the fact that the International Criminal Court has indicted 5 of the LRA leaders, in some respects, making them the most wanted men in the world...."

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