With all the recent focus on Kony 2012 and the Lord’s Resistance Army, the public has been overlooking deeper and more complicated issues troubling Uganda and the DRC. While the attention brought to the region by the Kony 2012 campaign is definitely beneficial to raising awareness of the atrocities there, there are many important aspects, such as government, that need to be taken into account.
The New York Times published an article Sunday dealing with exactly that topic. It brings to the forefront Museveni, Uganda’s autocratic ruler, who has committed just as many atrocities as the LRA, yet has not been indicted. Both Museveni in Uganda, and Kabila in the Congo use militarism to lead and keep power, the authors of this article see how wrong this is and state:
So on April 20, rather than merely demanding Kony’s arrest, we ask the following of the White House:
Because the U.S. trains and equips the armies of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, the Obama administration must demand that the leaders of these countries rein in their militaries.
In situations like this where media is centered around something so specific, everyone should keep in mind that the problems are much deeper and more widespread than what has been shown so far.