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polaris_x wrote:interesting ... i have never heard of this guy until now ...
redrock wrote:A lot of people don't know the name, but haven't we all heard of the child soldiers and their lives?
But then all these things happen in countries in which 'we' have no 'interest'. It's been going on for decades, we see bits in the new sometimes, every once in a while a documentary and maybe a decree or two by politicians but nothing concrete.
A few years back, in my daughter's class there were a couple of young refugee girls - one from Uganda and one from Congo. As they were French speaking (and didn't know English) so the school asked if I could help them out a bit (the girls in the classroom and help the mums settle in). The harrowing stories they had to tell. Husbands hacked to death in front of the families, mothers raped and cut, daughters raped and/or kidnapped, same with the sons. One of the ladies managed to escape with one daughter, the other with a daughter and a son. Both had more children - they didn't know where they were and what had become of them.
And yet we still stand back and watch.
Jason P wrote:What is the solution? If he is forcibly removed, do the problems go away or will someone else be in line to fill his shoes like a mythical serpent that regrows its head after it's chopped off?
The problems appear to be cyclical, therefore requiring a policy reset. If the UN takes over, will we see similar public dissent in forcing a change of culture that has been seen in the last two major theaters of war?
polaris_x wrote:yes ... definitely have heard all these stories ... but didn't know this guy was #1 on the list of most wanted criminals ... i suspect tho that upon his capture, he will simply be replaced and that ultimately we are ignoring the primary problem in all of this ... which is the poverty that exists in these countries, the corruption, the exploitation and the affect of foreign policy decisions being made ...
* absolve all foreign debt to african nations
* full and open democratic elections (monitored by int'l bodies)
* nationalization of major resources in order to fund the building of schools and local infrastructure
* stop selling guns to groups like the LRA
redrock wrote:That would be fantastic, wouldn't it? But one would need to end conflicts before having elections.
When you look at Uganda and DR Congo, both in dreadful conflicts, both rich countries, both completely corrupt. The wealth is not for the benefit of the people but exploited by the rulers and big corporations - yes Western ones too. Things are way too violent and volatile, but if and when things settle - 'we' are straight back in and so is exploitation and corruption.
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