Monday, October 23, 2006

Can there be forgiveness of LRA?

A recent Christian Science Monitor article by the long-time Africa-watcher, Abraham McLaughlin reports on the return of former LRA fighters to their villages. Can there be reconciliation in Northern Uganda? Is the International Criminal Court necessary? Will the inditements against Joseph Kony (picture above), the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, and Vincent Otti (the second in-command) help the peace process or harm it? Will it help bring an end to the 20 year conflict or will it prolong it? Will it bring justice for those who lost their lives?
Is peace within reach?
The jury is still out on that, but maybe we can learn something from the Ugandans' willingness to forgive...but not to forget?
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1 comment:

jimbo said...

I think the people in northern africa are showing, an aspect of human compassion that i dont know if i could show to people who had killed my family members. The world could learn a few things from these people, because these people are forgiving people who have murdered and killed there family and friends in a conflict that has gone on for the last 20 years. I think the most important part is that they dont forget the attrocities that the LRA comitted but try to start a new life for those who are willing to see the wrong in their ways. This is important becasue alot of the people who are in the LRA were forced to join. This is a act of kindness and shows that there really is good left in a place where evil seems to have lived for the last 20 years.