Obama Praises Anti-Kony Campaign

    GULU, UGANDA – JULY 19: Bosco, 15, at the Child Protection Unit (CPU) in Gulu town, 19 July 2003 Northan Uganda. Children who escape the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) or are captured during battles with government soldiers are  taken here to be interigated.  After which they are  released to rehabilitation centres run by NGO’s.  
Bosco had spent 7 months in the LRA - the first two months as a porter, then after training in Sudan, as a soldier. He said “once I was a soldier I only had to kill government forces”, but before that while still a porter he was regularly forced to participate in group killings of adults and children who tried to escape. Four or five of them would be given sticks and forced to beat the victim until dead. His body bares many scars, testimony to the regular beatings he received. “We were beaten if we did something the commander thought was wrong, for not walking fast enough, or for no reason at all”
For the last 18 years Northern Uganda has been terrorized by the LRA, recently the violence has escalated with massacres and large scale kidnappings becoming increasing common. 
The group consisting mainly of child soldiers, kidnapped during raids and forced to fight,  is led by Joseph Kony a shadowy figure who has combined traditional and Christian ideas with a violent opposition to the Kampala' Government but has shown no recognizable political aspirations or military goals. 
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    President Obama on Thursday came out in support of an online film aimed at bringing Joseph Kony, the Ugandan leader of the violent, child-recruiting Lord’s Resistance Army, to justice. The film has gone viral, with 48 million views on YouTube and Vimeo—most of them in the past couple of days. Invisible Children, the charity that made the film, supported a bill to bring peace to northern Uganda, and the Obama administration has reaffirmed their support of the bill. But there has also been some criticism of Invisible Children, with charges of oversimplification and manipulating facts.

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