The Ugandan government said that the Democratic Republic of Congo is frustrating U.S.-backed Ugandan troops in the hunt for rebels, in the latest deterioration of relations between the neighboring states.
KGMIKony's LRA rebels mostly out of Congo, general saysKGMIBy Jonny Hogg KINSHASA (Reuters) - Fugitive warlord Joseph Kony and leaders of his LRA have been chased out of Democratic Republic of Congo to the neighboring Central African Republic and...
Jonatham Moremi March 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm While you have my respect for your stance, I am reminded of the 20.000 women, children and men brutally butchered by the militias of Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe in the 1980s – because they belonged to a tribe of his political opponent. No one came to their help, no one stepped in. Africa just looked away. Do you think those 20.000 too would share your view, that no help is better than help?
And while respecting your views as yours, I think of the 66.000 children and women abducted by Kony and his men – mutilated, raped, horribly assaulted and even killed. Do they too, you think, share your views on this and are quite happy with your line of thought, that "mistakes here and there" are quite o.k.? Would they consider being raped, mutilated or killed as a simple 'mistake', do you think?
Again – when it comes to you, I fully respect your view that you do not want outside help. I will respect that. But with what right do you speak for those poor souls that are raped or butchered to death (this very minute) – because Africa does not get its act together to stop such atrocities?
That you say, Africa needs to fix its own problems, is great. I wholheartedly agree. But as long as innocent children and women in the world – be it in Africa or elsewhere – get tortured, raped and killed – every human being has an obligation to do something about it and try to prevent it from happening. We should both agree on this and together find strategies to save the lives these poor souls deserve to have. Everything else would be cynical and a lack of empathy that defines the human being.
tms ruge March 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm Thank you for your input and thought-provoking question. The answers though, are harder to arrive at. Hind sight is always full of answers and lessons we never learn from. It is sadly, human nature not to learn from our failures.TMS RugeLead Social Media Strategist – C4CWorld Bank
REPLY Jonathan Moremi March 10, 2012 at 10:01 am Wouldn't it be about high time then that we do learn from our failures? Arn't e.g. the 20.000 in Zimbabwe or the 66.000 in Uganda/Congo enough failure of us to start learning? I miss this in your post. It actually continues the mistakes we all made so far in not helping, not looking when we should have – Africa and the world together.
In many Western countries looking away when someone is in need of help is considered a crime, I am not sure if you are aware of that. It is called 'non-assistance to a person in danger' and can get you in some countries even up to 5 years in jail. – Helping people not getting killed is not an anti-African stance or a colonial attitude but a basic duty in a civilized world. If you can help but you don't by looking away you are in fact committing a crime and can be charged by prosecution in court.
It is necessary to know this to understand, that in many western countries the moral obligation people feel to help others that are in danger of getting raped, mutilated or killed is also an expression of the legal obligation they have and understand as a duty within a community. It would help Africa and those in peril there a lot if this ethical and legal stance would not be rejected as bad but understood as a basic human duty to save people in danger.
Chose this for overcoming the failures of the past and many children, women and men in Africa could be saved from a horrible fate. And if someone comes to your help in this, don't reject him/her and feel slighted. Many things can only be achieved together. If this would be understood it would be the best step for Africa to indeed make it on it's own. And that no doubt is the way it should be.
It's been hard to turn on the T.V.-- or log onto Facebook or Twitter or email-- and not hear about Ugandan warloard Joseph Kony. He's blamed for torturing, killing, and brainwashing children and families in central Africa.
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