22 mayo, 2013
After the campaign that made Joseph Kony infamously worldwide known, not only haven’t he still been defeated, but also he is still being the leader of the war that has, under his command, the largest amount of child soldiers.
Not long ago, we were told that there were ‘only’ a few hundred of soldiers left, but this number of soldiers has not only not been proved but is also in a huge risk of increase in a short period of time and very rapidly. This is considered for him the quality of child soldiers, they can be recruited, prepared and armed in an alarming short term, another considerate ‘quality’ of child soldiers is that it is scarily easy to gain an access to control them, even brainwash them, as they won’t be aware of another reality but war.
In south Sudan the war and the quantity of children that are traumatized by this experience, converts into a perfect cultivation field for the recruits that have to be harvested, when they leave their homes due to the damages of the war.
Additionally the Sudan war turned into a contention wall for Kony, a conflict which covered his rearguard of possible offensives from the north allowing him to concentrate in specific fronts, and have an option and a way to escape.
Currently the South Sudan government have started to initiate ‘anti-Kony’ operations inside their territory with the support of international agent like the famous ‘white preacher’ that is well known as Sam Childers, a preacher from Minnessota that has since 1998 fought against the LRA (Lords Resistance Army), which is the name of Kony’s army.
These actions that has been taken out by public and private organizations seems to have induced the exile of Kony toward the Central African Republic with another 200-500 soldiers who would exceed the number of soldiers that Kony had under his command in 2011 (around 300 soldiers max).
This collides with the anti-kony campaigns that had been realized between 2011 and 2012, for despite of them the number of troops and soldiers has increased.
Surprisingly the actions that have really made an impact has been those of the same character taken by Mr.Childers, thanks to his effort and collaboration with the army of South Sudan they have together managed to expel Kony out of this territory and later on also from Uganda. Recently other persons of the Western World have track and report to the world in more detail the brutal activities of Joseph Kony, a very good and extremely precise report is the one made by Lara Logan for the CBS.
The future of what will happen with Kony is uncertain but with all the information explained before we can see that the only effective action against him seems to be direct action and military, not an awareness campaign based on wristbands and messages on twitter.