Success: Congress Passes Bipartisan Bill to Help Victims of Violence In Africa
In early May, Congress passed the historic Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act (S. 1067/H.R. 2478), calling on the Obama administration to lead international efforts aimed to protect civilians currently threatened by the brutal acts of the LRA.
For over a year, petitions circulated the Care2 site asking the U.S. Congress and President Obama to take action. Over 15,000 people added their names to petitions in hopes of bringing peace to Sudan.
Unfortunately, several people have already been killed as a result of the violence Joseph Kony and followers have imposed on the people of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, southern Sudan, and the Central African Republic. As the crisis remains, even more innocent people are exposed to violence and recruited as child slaves and soldiers.
During this long period of suffering in Africa, citizens of the United States came together. People rallied in Washington, signed petitions and wrote letters for the victims who could not voice their own concerns for safety. As a result, Congress recognized the need to step in and help.
Thank you to all who signed petitions and raised awareness of this cause. It is important to remain supportive until President Obama signs the bill and enacts further protection. The fight will not be over until the brutality stops.
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