U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to Africa this week and plans to make a stop in Uganda to meet with President Yoweri Museveni. In addition to pressing issues like the breakdown of democracy in Uganda and the turmoil in Somalia, Secretary Clinton also plans to discuss the LRA with the Ugandan President.
This meeting provides an incredible opportunity for the U.S. and Ugandan governments to collaborate on what else needs to be done by the governments of LRA-affected populations and by the international community to finally bring Joseph Kony to justice and end LRA violence.
Lots of progress has been made in addressing the LRA conflict over the last few months – most notably the release of a new international LRA strategy led by the African Union and the United Nations. However, that strategy hasn’t yet translated into concrete change on the ground for communities targeted by LRA violence. In fact, LRA attacks on civilians increased significantly in the first six months of 2012 relative to the latter half of 2011, and more than 400,000 continue to live as refugees in their own countries, displaced by LRA violence.
Ending LRA violence and bringing Joseph Kony to justice will not be easy – there are many obstacles that stand in the way of lasting peace. Overcoming those obstacles will require strong, committed leadership and collaboration from international governments.
Secretary Clinton’s meeting in Uganda provides a critical opportunity for the U.S. and Uganda to exercise that kind of committed leadership and international cooperation needed to end LRA violence – and we need to make sure she knows it!
We want to send tweets to Secretary Clinton (@StateDept) encouraging her to use her trip as an opportunity to advance efforts to stop the LRA. Here are some sample tweets if you’d like to rally with us:
#SecClinton @StateDept – Please use your trip to Uganda to focus on seeing #JosephKony arrested and #LRA violence ended #Kony2012
#SecClinton: Make ending #LRA violence and arresting #JosephKony a top priority on your visit to Uganda @StateDept #Kony2012 @Invisible