If you don't know about the crisis in Northern Uganda, take a deep breath and read this article: Deliver Us From Kony. But I warn you, although it is written tastefully, the content is terribly disturbing. I read it about halfway through, took a break for a few days, and then finished reading it. A paramilitary group using Christian terminology and satanically twisted Christian theology is kidnapping thousands of children (congressional estimates are 20,000-50,000 children), forcing them to multilate and murder their own parents and other children, and abusing them in unthinkable ways. It sounds too incredible to be true, but it is well-documented and has been going on for years.
Take a moment to visit World Vision, read about their work in Northern Uganda and send an email to your senators and representatives asking them to take action to end crisis in Northern Uganda. Once you enter in your zip code, World Vision automatically finds the appropriate contact emails for you. It is ridiculously fast and easy to do. So do it! Here is a copy of my email.
Feb 14, 2006
Senator Maria Cantwell
United States Senate
717 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-0001
Dear Senator Cantwell,
I write to express my deep concern about the extreme humanitarian
crisis in northern Uganda. For 20 years, the Lord's Resistance Army
(LRA) has been fighting to overthrow the government of Uganda. LRA
rebels, based in southern Sudan - who are reportedly being sheltered
and armed by some extremists in Sudan's government - capture and use
children as frontline soldiers and sex slaves.
Fear of abduction causes as many as 40,000 children to flee their
rural homes each night. The conflict has uprooted at least 80 percent
of northern Uganda's population. More than 1.4 million people live in
squalid camps that usually lack food, clean water, and sanitation.
Leadership from the United States can bring peace to this troubled
region. I respectfully ask that you:
1.Call for a hearing to examine the crisis in northern Uganda. A
hearing will demonstrate a significant step toward greater U.S.
leadership to help end the 20-year war.
2. Urge the government of Sudan to stop all LRA activities within its
3. Direct high-level political support to bolster the ongoing peace
process led by Ugandan Parliamentarian Betty Bigombe and other local
4. Dedicate more humanitarian assistance to help children and
families in need in northern Uganda.
Your attention to this urgent matter can drastically improve the
lives of those in northern Uganda -- especially children.