Ending Religious Conflicts in Uganda, Africa—the Lra

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In Uganda, Africa, 85% of the population is of the Christian religion, 12% is of the Muslim religion, and 3% is other, according to the U.S. Department of State (“Background Note: Uganda”). Africa is not a constructed country that bases them around only one religion. The citizens who reside in this country have the freedom to practice any religion they please. Yet, a major religious conflict fired up in Uganda, Africa during the late 1980’s when a group developed together to take on the Ugandan government. This group is called the Lord Resistance Army (LRA), and is still fighting against the government today. The LRA is led by a man, Joseph Kony, who just recently became famous around the world for his cruel acts upon the children of Uganda. The LRA has committed many crimes; such as, combat crimes, abduction of over 30,000 children and counting, rape, turning young girls into sex slaves, turning young boys into servants, and all types of murder. The purpose of this group is to transform the current Ugandan government from a Republic to a Theocracy because Joseph Kony and his group believe that the country should abide by the Ten Commandments ("Uganda: Key People and Parties"). To end this fatal and brutal conflict, we as a country must come together and show our own government how much interest and support we have towards the victims of the LRA. By showing our support and interest, the government will then realize how horrible this is, and provide much more needed help than what we as people can give. Together, we can catch Joseph Kony and save many, many Ugandan lives. Although Joseph Kony is the current leader of the LRA, he was not the only creator of it. A lady named Alice Auma, nicknamed “Lakwena,” meaning “the messenger,” believed that the Holy Spirit was sending her messages about conquering the Ugandan government. Gerard Prunier described her and her group in his book, “Africa’s World War,” as a “…millenarian cult led by a young prophetess” (81). Later in 1986, Joseph Kony announced his relation to Lakwena, claiming to be either her cousin or nephew. He then became the new leader of the group. As Kony released unknown information about the group to the public, such as what the group’s true intentions are, the LRA started to lose many, many supporters and followers. Kony had explained to the public that he, along with a few others, wanted the government to rotate around the Ten Commandments and follow the Christian religion. The cruel and disturbing acts committed on the innocent children, parents, and citizens of Uganda had started once the size of the group began to decrease (“The Lord's Resistance Army”). This group of Christian people walk around acting as if they were military soldiers. Snatching children from their own homes and turning them into combat soldiers, cooks, servants, or sex slaves, the LRA is a cruel group of people who only want what Joseph Kony wants; a theocracy. After kidnapping thousands of young and older children, the members of the LRA marched back to their unclean, unsafe, and broken down camp site where they stored the victims. Many of the young girls were raped and used as sex slaves or cooks, while the strong boys were captured to carry heavy weapons and fight when necessary. To make sure that the captured victims would not think about going back to their homes, members of the LRA forced most of the children to kill their own family and friends. Any children that refused to follow the orders of the LRA or tried to escape from them were tortured and horribly killed (“Lord Resistance Army”). Not only is this terrifying genocide affecting the victims and their families, but is causing the children who were not captured to suffer from low budgets, poor economy, terrifying thoughts and trauma, and unaffordable fees. School were knocked down and destroyed, which decreased the ability and opportunity to learn for many potential students. Without schools, an appropriate...
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