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Grassroots Quest to Destroy Joseph Kony Is Making Progress

Grassroots Quest to Destroy Joseph Kony Is Making Progress

Invisible Children’s grassroots efforts to end the terror of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army have led to an unlikely but effective coalition of governments, armies, nonprofits and philanthropists.

Much has happened since Aid for Africa member Invisible Children released its video Kony 2012 in March 2012. What was not known at the time was that much was already happening to capture Kony. Now we have learned that these efforts, which included collaboration among armies, diplomats, nonprofits and private philanthropists, have led to the near collapse of Kony’s army and a precipitous drop in kidnapping and death in central Africa.

Recent articles in The Washington Post and The New Yorker provide in-depth accounts of how a unique alliance behind these efforts has virtually shut down the LRA’s activities. They include Invisible Children’s approach and strategies, as well as its supporters, who have been an ongoing presence in Washington rallying for Congressional support of the effort; the armies of Uganda, South Sudan and Congo, which have come together to hunt for Kony under a regional task force led by the African Union; US Special Operations troops who work side-by-side with African soldiers; and American philanthropists Howard G. Buffett and Bridgeway Foundation’s Shannon Sedgwick Davis, who have provided funding for military training, a helicopter and tracking by a team of Belgium Malinois dogs.

In The New Yorker, Elizabeth Rubin sums it up: “Without all these actors working in tandem—without the defection programs inside Congo and the Central African Republic run by the Ugandans and Invisible Children, and without the youth support of the grassroots campaign conducted by Invisible Children and Resolve—it is unlikely that Congress would have passed the 2010 bill funding efforts against the LRA, and even more unlikely that the Obama Administration would have persuaded the Pentagon to send Special Forces advisers to assist the Ugandans on a mission with no national-security implications for the U.S.”

They haven’t captured Kony, but African troops have come close, and many believe it is just a matter of time. Invisible Children reports that since 2012 there has been a 57 percent decrease in child abductions and since 2010 a 93 percent reduction in killings by the LRA. Defections are at an all-time high. Great results for an effort started by young people who wanted to make a difference.

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Aid for Africa is an alliance of 85 U.S.-based nonprofits and their African partners who help children, families, and communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Aid for Africas grassroots programs focus on health, education, economic development, arts & culture, conservation, and wildlife protection in Africa.

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3:54AM PST on Nov 20, 2013

thank you for the info

9:18AM PST on Nov 18, 2013

Freddy R,

The more you open your mouth here, the more you're starting to sound like Steve R, Jacob R's clone. Are you Steve hiding in a Costa Rican profile?

5:52AM PST on Nov 18, 2013

Great news, thanks for posting.

2:30PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

Thank you!

1:53PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

TYFS

12:31PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

When the African slave trade was in full force.

The slave traders, didn't actually capture many people.

They just picked them up from the tribal chieftains, whose people captured them from other tribes, or occasionally sold their own people.

My point is that the African people have been ill served by their leaders, for hundreds of years.

Encouraging to see the people helping to bring about change.

The names, & faces change, but the evil lives on.

Case in point, Idi Amin.

12:15PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

Omar Al-Bashir is the President of North Sudan. He is wanted on an ICC warrant with seven counts outstanding.

He is the primary source of funding for Kony. Now who is Omars most famous aide and fundraiser ?? That is the question that needs answering...follow the money.

The IRS scandal has indeed been good for something on the international stage .. bad for the US administration.

The treasurer for the Muslim Brotherhood in the Sudans is none other than Malik Obama; brother to Barack, your President. Just google "Omar al Bashir, Malik Obama" copy and paste that.

you will find foreign press articles and US blogs have the info... what is up with Main Stream Media in the US ??

Hits close to home, huh ? Oh, Malik has a green card.

11:23AM PST on Nov 16, 2013

I'm glad to hear there is progress. I admire this group for making a change. Don't listen to ANYONE putting you down. You should never feel bad about doing good in the world.

9:51AM PST on Nov 16, 2013

I am glad that at least this one time we drew the circle of our family a little larger to ensure that the children in these countries are safe from kidnapping and forced to become soldiers in a mad man's army! There is nothing we can't do if we all cooperate.

9:38AM PST on Nov 16, 2013

Thanks for updating us on this remarkable progress

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